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More of This World or Maybe Another

by Barb Johnson

The lives of four unlikely friends intersect on the backstreets of New Orleans. Living amid poverty and violence, these fragile heroes of the American underclass redefine our notions of family, redemption, and...


Poinciana

by Chiesa Irwin

Synopsis: Poinciana is a collection of short stories by Chiesa Irwin. The stories are written in the ROMAN À CLEF style and flow on from her first book, Blue Sky Dark Heart. About the Author: CHIESA IRWIN,...


Absent. The English Teacher: The English Teacher

by John Eppel

When Mr George loses his job teaching English at a private secondary school in Bulawayo, �his pension payout, after forty years of full-time service, bought him two jam doughnuts and a soft tomato.� When...


What Boys Like: and Other Stories

by Amy Jones

What Boys Like brings together a motley assemblage of urban misfits and outsiders, and explores their love/hate relationships with their city and one another. Jones’s characters grapple with lust, love and...


All Aunt Hagar's Children

by Edward P. Jones

In fourteen sweeping and sublime stories, five of which have been published in The New Yorker, the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Known World shows that his grasp of the human condition...


Poachers

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Short Story 1999

by Tom Franklin

In ten stunning and bleak tales set in the woodlands, swamps and chemical plants along the Alabama River, Tom Franklin stakes his claim as a fresh, original Southern voice. His lyric, deceptively simple prose...


I Am No One You Know: And Other Stories

by Joyce Carol Oates

I Am No One You Know contains nineteen startling stories that bear witness to the remarkably varied lives of Americans of our time. In "Fire," a troubled young wife discovers a rare, radiant happiness in an...


Brief Encounters with Che Guevara

Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award 2007

by Ben Fountain

The well-intentioned protagonists of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara are caught -- to both disastrous and hilarious effect -- in the maelstrom of political and social upheaval surrounding them. In "Near-Extinct...


Confessions of a Falling Woman

by Debra Dean

A surprised Southern matriarch is confronted by her family at an intervention. . . . A life-altering break-in triggers insomniac introspection in a desperate actor. . . . Streetwise New York City neighbors let...


Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived

by Lily Tuck

In an elegant and penetrating first short-story collection, Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived, Lily Tuck's characters travel to unknown, exotic places and, while there, find themselves deeply immersed in...


Lost in the City

Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award 1993

by Edward P. Jones

The nation's capital that serves as the setting for the stories in Edward P. Jones's prizewinning collection, Lost in the City, lies far from the city of historic monuments and national politicians. Jones takes...


Coronado

by Dennis Lehane

Along with completely original material, this new collection is a compilation of the best of Dennis Lehane's previously published short fiction, including "Until Gwen," which was adapted for the stage in 2005...


Drastic

by Maud Casey

Meet the college graduate working in a whole body–donation clinic; a young woman obsessed with Benedictine monks; a middle-aged woman who becomes a stand-in talk-show guest; unlikely friends who meet in a...


Karma and Other Stories

by Rishi Reddi

In this sparkling collection, award-winning writer Rishi Reddi weaves a multigenerational tapestry of interconnected lives, depicting members of an Indian American community struggling to balance the demands...


Things You Should Know

by A. M. Homes & A M. Homes

In this stunningly original collection, A. M. Homes writes with terrifying compassion about the things that matter most. Homes's distinctive narrative illuminates our dreams and desires, our memories and losses,...


Jesus' Son

by Denis Johnson

Recently adapted for the screen, this now-classic collection of ten stories from the author of Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Angels is narrated by a young man, a recovering alcholic and heroin addict whose...


The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination,...


Lucky Girls

by Nell Freudenberger

These five stories follow young women living far from home, coping with new and often unfamiliar rules, as they confront the compelling circumstances of adult love. The rich, unforgettable tales in this collection,...


The Grandmothers

by Doris Lessing

In the title novel, two friends fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, vowing a respectable old age. In Victoria and the Staveneys, a young...


Wives & Lovers

by Richard Bausch

Wives & Lovers is a collection of three short novels from the author whom the Boston Globe calls "one of the most expert and substantial of our writers."

Requisite Kindness -- published here for the first time...