. In stories by turns suspenseful, subtle, comic, and profound, Richard Bausch probes the fault lines of daily life. At three in the morning a man tries not to wake his sleeping wife while fielding calls from his suicidal mistress.
The Stories of Richard BauschHarperCollins e-books - A 2004 pen/malamud award winner, this collection celebrates the work of American artist Richard Bausch -- a writer the New York Times calls "a master of the short story. By turns tender, raw, the many voices of this definitive forty-two-story collection seven of which appear here for the first time defy expectation, Flannery O'Connor, and riotously funny, Raymond Carver, attest to Bausch's remarkable range and versatility, and affirm his place alongside such acclaimed story writers as John Cheever, heartbreaking, and Grace Paley.
Fresh Complaint: StoriesFarrar, Straus and Giroux - The first collection of short fiction from the pulitzer prize-winning author Jeffrey EugenidesJeffrey Eugenides’s bestselling novels have shown him to be an astute observer of the crises of adolescence, family love, self-discovery, and what it means to be American in our times. We meet a failed poet who, in “fresh complaint, envious of other people’s wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art founder under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, ” a high school student whose wish to escape the strictures of her immigrant family lead her to a drastic decision that upends the life of a middle-aged British physicist.
Ranging from the bitingly reproductive antics of “baster” to the dreamy, moving account of a young traveler’s search for enlightenment in “Air Mail” selected by Annie Proulx for Best American Short Stories, this collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national emergencies.
Fresh Complaint: Stories - Narratively compelling, beautifully written, and packed with a density of ideas despite their fluid grace, these stories chart the development and maturation of a major American writer. The stories in fresh Complaint explore equally rich—and intriguing—territory.
The Best American Short Stories 2017 The Best American Series ®Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - C. Best-selling author Meg Wolitzer guest edits the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction. To cast a vote for what you love and then wait for the outcome, ” writes Meg Wolitzer in her introduction. If you know exactly what you are going to get from the experience of reading a story, in order to be an open reader of fiction, you probably wouldn’t go looking for it; you need, to be willing.
Here you’ll find a man with a boyfriend and a girlfriend, and a gay man desperate to be a father—unforgettable characters waiting for an outcome, naval officers trapped on a submarine, a contestant on America’s Funniest Home Videos, burning with stories to tell. The best american short Stories 2017 includes T.
The Best American Short Stories 2017 The Best American Series ® - Boyle • jai chakrabarti • emma cline • danielle evans • lauren groff • eric puchner • jim shepard • curtis sittenfeld • jess walterand others. The best american short stories 2017 casts a vote for and celebrates all that is our country.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: StoriesRandom House - Hits a powerful vein. The new york times book review “Grace and oblivion are inextricably yoked in these transcendent stories. Johnson’s gift is to extract the beauty in all that brokenness. The wall street journal “Nobody ever wrote like Denis Johnson. Finished shortly before johnson’s death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.
Praise for the largesse of the Sea Maiden “An instant classic. Newsday “Exceptional luminosity. We’re just left with this miraculous book, these perfect stories, the last words from one of the world’s greatest writers. Npr. Nobody ever came close. Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important writers of his generation, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves.
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories - Twenty-five years after jesus’ son, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, the new york times • maureen corrigan, from national book award winner and two-time pulitzer prize finalist Denis JohnsonNATIONAL BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Dwight Garner, NPR’s Fresh Air • Chicago Tribune • Newsday • New York • AV Club • Publishers Weekly“Ranks with the best fiction published by any American writer during this short century.
The Best American Short Stories 2018 The Best American Series ®Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - We meet a rebellious summer camper, a twitter addict, and an Appalachian preacher—all characters and circumstances that show us what we “need to know about the lives of others. ”. I am looking for the artful way any given story is conveyed, ” writes Roxane Gay in her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2018, “but I also love when a story has a powerful message, when a story teaches me something about the world.
The artful, profound, and sometimes funny stories Gay chose for the collection transport readers from a fraught family reunion to an immigration detention center, from a psychiatric hospital to a coed class sleepover in a natural history museum. Best-selling, pop culture powerhouse roxane Gay guest edits this year’s Best American Short Stories, award-winning, the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction.
Asymmetry: A NovelSimon & Schuster - A stunning debut from a rising literary star, and a politically engaged work of metafiction” The New York Times Book Review, a novel of ideas, Asymmetry is “a transgressive roman a clef, and a “masterpiece” in the original sense of the word” The Atlantic. By contrast, “madness” is narrated by amar, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, an Iraqi-American man who, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow.
A time and new york times top 10 book of the year * new york times notable book and times critic’s top book of 2018 named one of the best books of 2018 by * elle * bustle * kirkus reviews * lit hub* npr * o, hailed as “extraordinary” by The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine * Shelf Awareness The bestselling and critically acclaimed debut novel by Lisa Halliday, “a brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war” by The Wall Street Journal, and “a literary phenomenon” by The New Yorker.
Asymmetry: A Novel - Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, talent, geography, power, wealth, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, fame, and justice. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, “Folly” also suggests an aspiring novelist’s coming-of-age.
These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda. Lisa halliday’s novel will captivate any reader with while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself.
The first section, ” tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, “Folly, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer.
Wait Till You See Me Dance: StoriesGraywolf Press - Deb olin unferth’s stories are so smart, fast, full of heart, and distinctive in voice—each an intense little thought-system going out earnestly in search of strange new truths. In “voltaire night, ” students compete to tell a story about the worst thing that ever happened to them. These stories often take place in an exaggerated or heightened reality, and George Saunders, a quality that is reminiscent of the work of Donald Barthelme, Lorrie Moore, but in Unferth’s unforgettable collection she carves out territory that is entirely her own.
What an important and exciting talent. George saundersfor more than ten years, noon, mcsweeney’s, harper’s Magazine, Deb Olin Unferth has been publishing startlingly askew, wickedly comic, cutting-edge fiction in magazines such as Granta, and The Paris Review. In the chilling “the first full thought of Her Life, ” a shooter gets in position while a young girl climbs a sand dune.
Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories - In “stay where you are, ” two oblivious travelers in Central America are kidnapped by a gunman they assume to be an insurgent—but the gunman has his own problems. An unferth story lures you in with a voice that seems amiable and lighthearted, the rage, but it swerves in sudden and surprising ways that reveal, despair, in terrifying clarity, and profound mournfulness that have taken up residence at the heart of the American dream.
. Her stories are revered by some of the best American writers of our day, but until now there has been no stand-alone collection of her short fiction. Wait till you see me dance consists of several extraordinary longer stories as well as a selection of intoxicating very short stories.
Bad Dreams and Other StoriesHarper - In these short stories it’s the ordinary things that turn out to be most extraordinary: the history of a length of fabric or a forgotten jacket. The real things that happen to people, the accidents that befall them, are every bit as mysterious as their longings and their dreams. Bad dreams and other stories demonstrates yet again that Tessa Hadley "puts on paper a consciousness so visceral, so fully realized, it heightens and expands your own.
Winner of the edge hill short story prizea new york times notable book of the yearan NPR Best Book of the YearThe award-winning author of The Past once again "crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural" Washington Post, in a collection of stories that elevate the mundane into the exceptional.
The author of six critically acclaimed novels, Tessa Hadley has proven herself to be the champion of revealing the hidden depths in the deceptively simple. Two sisters quarrel over an inheritance and a new baby; a child awake in the night explores the familiar rooms of her home, made strange by the darkness; a housekeeper caring for a helpless old man uncovers secrets from his past.
Bad Dreams and Other Stories - She is a true master" Lily King, author of Euphoria. The first steps into a turning point and a new life are made so easily and carelessly: each of these stories illuminate crucial moments of transition, often imperceptible to the protagonists. A girl accepts a lift in a car with some older boys; a young woman reads the diaries she discovers while housesitting.
. Small acts have large consequences, some that can reverberate across decades; private fantasies can affect other people, for better and worse.
Nothing Good Can Come from This: EssaysMCD x FSG Originals - Nothing good can come from this is a book about generative discomfort, surprising sources of beauty, often hilarious, and the odd, business of being human. Leslie jamison, author of the empathy Exams and The RecoveringKristi Coulter inspired and incensed the internet when she wrote about what happened when she stopped drinking.
. Like when you give up a debilitating habit, it leaves a space, one that can’t easily be filled by mocktails or ice cream or sex or crafting. Nothing good can come from this is her debut--a frank, funny, and feminist essay collection by a keen-eyed observer no longer numbed into complacency. When kristi stopped drinking, she started noticing things.
Nothing Good Can Come from This: Essays - By turns hilarious and heartrending, david sedaris, nothing good Can Come from This introduces a fierce new voice to fans of Sloane Crosley, and Cheryl Strayed—perfect for anyone who has ever stood in the middle of a so-called perfect life and looked for an escape hatch. And when you cancel rosé season for yourself, you’re left with just Summer, and that’s when you notice that the women around you are tanked—that alcohol is the oil in the motors that keeps them purring when they could be making other kinds of noise.
In her sharp, incisive debut essay collection, Coulter reveals a portrait of a life in transition.
Certain American States: StoriesFarrar, Straus and Giroux - One of the wall street journal's Best Short Story Collections of 2018. Named a summer read by vanity Fair, The Guardian, Nylon, Bustle and Literary Hub. The characters in certain american States are continually coming to terms with their place in the world, and how to adapt to that place, before change inevitably returns.
As with her acclaimed novels nobody is ever missing and the Answers, instantly memorable characters whose searches for love, she gives life to a group of subtly complex, struggles with grief, and tentative journeys into the minutiae of the human condition are simultaneously gripping and devastating. A woman leaves her dead husband’s clothing on the street, only for it to reappear on the body of a stranger; a man reads his ex-wife’s short story and neurotically contemplates whether it is about him; a young woman whose Texan mother insists on moving to New York City with her has her daily attempts to get over a family tragedy interrupted by a mute stranger showing her incoherent messages on his phone.
Lacey’s elegiac and inspired prose is at its full power in this collection, further establishing her as one of the singular literary voices of her generation. These are stories of breakups, abandonment, and strained family ties; dead brothers and distant surrogate fathers; loneliness, starting over, happenstance, and learning to let go.
Certain American States: Stories - One of financial times and TLS's Best Books of 2018. One of granta’s best young american novelists, showcases her literary style in short fiction with Certain American States, the Whiting Award-winning author of The Answers, Catherine Lacey, a collection of stories about ordinary people seeking—and failing to find—the extraordinary in their lives.
Catherine lacey brings her narrative mastery to Certain American States, her first collection of short stories.