. From a rising star" junot díazkarate chop, Dorthe Nors's acclaimed story collection, is the debut book in the collaboration between Graywolf Press and A Public Space. While his wife sleeps, obsessed with female serial killers; a bureaucrat tries to reinvent himself, a husband prowls the Internet, exposing goodness as artifice when he converts to Buddhism in search of power; a woman sits on the edge of the bed where her lover lies, attempting to locate a motive for his violence within her own self-doubt.
Karate Chop: Stories Lannan Translation Selection Graywolf Paperback - Graywolf Press. These fifteen compact stories are meticulously observed glimpses of everyday life that expose the ominous lurking under the ordinary.
So Much for That Winter: NovellasGraywolf Press - Graywolf Pr. In "days, " a woman in her late thirties records her life in a series of lists, giving shape to the tumult of her days--one moment she is eating an apple, the next she is on the floor, howling like a dog. Dorthe nors follows up her acclaimed story collection Karate Chop with a pair of novellas that playfully chart the aftermath of two very twenty-first-century romances.
As the details accumulate, we experience with her the full range of emotions: anger, loneliness, and also joy, connect to, as the lists become a way to understand, regret, pain, and rebuild her life. In "minna needs rehearsal space, " a novella told in headlines, an avant-garde musician is dumped via text message.
So Much for That Winter: Novellas - Fleeing the indignity of the breakup and friends who flaunt their achievements in life, then decamps to an island near Sweden, Minna unfriends people on Facebook, career, and reads Ingmar Bergman, listens to Bach, and family, "well suited to mental catharsis. A cheeky nod to the listicles and bulletins we scroll through on a daily basis, So Much for That Winter explores how we shape and understand experience, and the disconnection and dislocation that define our twenty-first-century lives, with Nors's unique wit and humor.
Do the Windows Open?Penguin Books - Graywolf Pr. She sometimes compares herself unfavorably to Jacqueline Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and Princess Diana. What emerges is a unique sensibility under siege. This is a remarkably original literary performance, one that speaks to anyone looking for the refuge laughter offers from life in an absurd world.
On the way, windows that open, she searches for organically grown vegetables, and an endodontist who acts like a normal person. Do the windows open? is a series of hilarious linked tales documenting the mania of the modern day in devastating detail-tales that have had readers of The New Yorker laughing out loud for years.
Do the Windows Open? - The beguiling and alienated narrator-who finds nearly everything interesting and almost nothing clear-has set herself the never-ending goal of photographing a world-renowned reproductive surgeon, Walden Pond, the ponds of Nantucket, and all the houses Anne Sexton ever lived in.
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal: A NovelGraywolf Press - A smart, witty novel of driving lessons and vertigo, short-listed for the Man Booker International PrizeSonja is ready to get on with her life. She sees a masseuse, tries to reconnect with her sister, and is finally learning to drive. She’s over forty now, and the Swedish crime novels she translates are losing their fascination.
But under the overbearing gaze of her driving instructor, Sonja is unable to shift gears for herself. Graywolf Pr. But how can she return to a place that she no longer recognizes? and how can she escape the alienating streets of Copenhagen?In Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, Dorthe Nors brings her distinctive blend of style, humor, and insight to a poignant journey of one woman in search of herself when there’s no one to ask for directions.
Mirror, Shoulder, Signal: A Novel - And her vertigo, which she has always carefully hidden, has begun to manifest at the worst possible moments. Sonja hoped her move to Copenhagen years ago would have left rural Jutland in the rearview mirror. Yet she keeps remembering the dramatic landscapes of her childhood―the endless sky, the whooper swans, the rye fields―and longs to go back.
Going For a Beer: Selected Short FictionsW. W. Norton & Company - The thirty stories in going for a Beer confirm Coover’s reputation as "one of America’s greatest literary geniuses" Alan Moore. Graywolf Pr. Here, in this selection of his best stories, spanning more than half a century, you will find an invisible man tragically obsessed by an invisible woman; a cartoon man in a cartoon car who runs over a real man who is arrested by a real policeman with cartoon eyes; a stick man who reinvents the universe.
While invading the dreams and nightmares of others, disrupting them from within, long dead, Coover cuts to the core of how realism works. These stories are riven with paradox, uncertainty, ambivalence, unrealized ambitions and desires, complexity, strangeness, always seeking the potential for insight, for comedy.
Going For a Beer: Selected Short Fictions - Through their celebration of the improbable and unexpected, patriotic, popular―often satirizing the mindsets that, literary, and their distinctive but complementary grammars of text and film, Coover’s selected short fictions entertain by engaging with the tribal myths that surround us―religious, out of some obscure primitive need, erotic, perpetuate them.
A collection of the best short fictions from the grandmaster of postmodernism. Robert coover has been playing by his own rules for more than half a century, earning the 1987 Rea Award for the Short Story as "a writer who has managed, willfully and even perversely, to remain his own man while offering his generous vision and versions of America.
Coover finds inspiration in everything from painting, and dance to slapstick, cinema, theater, magic acts, puzzles, and riddles. His 1969 story "the babysitter" has alone inspired generations of innovative young writers. He uses metafiction as a means of “interrogating the fiction making process, ” at least insofar as that process, myths, has a way of entrapping us in false and destructive stories, when unexamined, and belief systems.
Making Shapely FictionW. W. Norton & Company - A deft analysis and appreciation of fiction―what makes it work and what can make it fail. Graywolf Pr. Here is a book about the craft of writing fiction that is thoroughly useful from the first to the last page―whether the reader is a beginner, a seasoned writer, or a teacher of writing. You will see how a work takes form and shape once you grasp the principles of momentum, tension, and immediacy.
A special section features an alphabet for Writers: entries range from Accuracy to Zigzag, Point of View, Irony, with enlightening comments about such matters as Cliffhangers, and Transitions. When tension and immediacy combine, the story begins. Dialogue and action, beginnings and endings, the true meaning of "write what you know, " and a memorable listing of don'ts for fiction writers are all covered.
Making Shapely Fiction - Tension, " stern says, "is the mother of fiction.
Brief Interviews with Hideous MenBack Bay Books - Among the stories are 'the depressed person, ' a dazzling and blackly humorous portrayal of a woman's mental state; 'Adult World, ' which reveals a woman's agonized consideration of her confusing sexual relationship with her husband; and 'Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, ' a dark, hilarious series of imagined interviews with men on the subject of their relations with women.
Wallace delights in leftfield observation, the surprising, mining the absurd, and the illuminating from every situation. In this thought-provoking and playful short story collection, David Foster Wallace nudges at the boundaries of fiction with inimitable wit and seductive intelligence. Wallace's stories present a world where the bizarre and the banal are interwoven and where hideous men appear in many guises.
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - Graywolf Pr. This collection will enthrall DFW fans, and provides a perfect introduction for new readers. Back Bay Books.
Krik? Krak!Soho Press - They slip phrases into their stew and wrap meaning around their pork before frying it. Spare, elegant and moving, these stories cohere into a superb collection. Gorgeous 20th anniversary edition—complete with a new story!arriving one year after the Haitian-American's first novel Breath, some of which have appeared in small literary journals, Memory alerted critics to her compelling voice, these 10 stories, Eyes, confirm Danticat's reputation as a remarkably gifted writer.
Examining the lives of ordinary haitians, particularly those struggling to survive under the brutal Duvalier regime, Danticat illuminates the distance between people's desires and the stifling reality of their lives. Graywolf Pr. The women exhibit more resilience, largely because of their insistence on finding meaning and solidarity through storytelling; but Danticat portrays these bonds with an honesty that shows that sisterhood, too, has its power plays.
Krik? Krak! - In addition to the power of danticat's themes, the book is enhanced by an element of suspense—we're never certain, for example, if a rickety boat packed with refugees introduced in the first tale will reach the Florida coast. Back Bay Books. They make narrative dumplings and stuff their daughter's mouths so they say nothing more.
These stories inform and enrich one another, as the female characters reveal a common ancestry and ties to the fictional Ville Rose. In the book's final piece, "epilogue: women Like Us, " she writes: "Are there women who both cook and write? Kitchen poets, they call them.
Tenth of December: StoriesRandom House Trade Paperbacks - Unsettling, and hilarious, insightful, their focus on what is redeemable in human beings, the stories in Tenth of December—through their manic energy, and their generosity of spirit—not only entertain and delight; they fulfill Chekhov’s dictum that art should “prepare us for tenderness. New york times bestseller“the best book you’ll read this year.
The new york times magazine “A feat of inventiveness. This eclectic collection never ceases to delight with its at times absurd, surreal, and darkly humorous look at very serious subjects. And in the title story, memory, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, a stunning meditation on imagination, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, and loss, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is.
Tenth of December: Stories - Back Bay Books. These stories take on the big questions and explore the fault lines of our own morality, delving into the questions of what makes us good and what makes us human. Random House Trade.
Tender: StoriesSmall Beer Press - Back Bay Books. Some of samatar’s weird and compassionate fabulations spring from her life and literary studies; some spring from the world, some from the void. Small beer. Random House Trade. Tender explores the fragility of bodies, in settings that range from medieval Egypt to colonial Kenya to the stars, researchers, servants, emotions, and landscapes, and the voices of those who question: children, students, writers.
Tender includes two new stories, “An Account of the Land of Witches” and the Nommo Award shortlisted “Fallow. Graywolf Pr. World fantasy, british fantasy, and locus award finalistdivided into “Tender Bodies” and “Tender Landscapes, ” the stories collected here in this first collection of short fiction from a rising star travel from the commonplace to the edges of reality.
The Lonesome Bodybuilder: StoriesSoft Skull Press - The english-language debut of one of Japan’s most fearlessly inventive young writers. Graywolf Pr. In these eleven stories, the individuals who lift the curtains of their orderly homes and workplaces are confronted with the bizarre, the grotesque, the fantastic, the alien―and find a doorway to liberation.
Certainly the style will remind readers of the japanese authors banana Yoshimoto and Sayaka Murata, but the stories themselves―and the logic, within their sentences―are reminiscent, at least to this reader, or lack thereof, of Joy Williams and Rivka Galchen and George Saunders. Weike wang, the new york times book review A housewife takes up bodybuilding and sees radical changes to her physique, which her workaholic husband fails to notice.
The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories - . A newlywed notices that her spouse’s features are beginning to slide around his face to match her own. Winner of the akutagawa prize and the kenzaburo oe prize A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice "In Yukiko Motoya’s delightful new story collection, the familiar becomes unfamiliar. A saleswoman in a clothing boutique waits endlessly on a customer who won’t come out of the fitting room, and who may or may not be human.
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