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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...


Wild Nights!: New Stories

by Joyce Carol Oates

Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Samuel Clemens ("Mark Twain"), Henry James, Ernest Hemingway—Joyce Carol Oates evokes each of these American literary icons in her newest work of prose fiction, poignantly...


Use Me

by Elissa Schappell

The exquisitely artful fiction debut of Vanity Fair columnist Elissa Schappell is a novel told in ten stories that resonate with the most profound experiences in the life of a young woman -- friendship and rivalry,...


Dirty Old Men (and Other Stories)

by Omar Tyree

The New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Pecking Order offers a daring collection of erotic tales about the undeniable attraction older men have for younger women.

Omar Tyree is known by his...


Not a Star and Otherwise Pandemonium: Stories A Penguin eSpecial from Riverhead Books

by Nick Hornby

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA


The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps

by William Styron

The Suicide Run collects five of William Styron’s meticulously rendered narratives based on his real-life experiences as a U.S. Marine. In “Blankenship,” Styron draws on his stint as a guard at a stateside...


Moment of Vengeance and Other Stories

by Elmore Leonard

Before he brilliantly traversed the gritty landscapes of underworld Detroit and Miami, the incomparable Elmore Leonard wrote breathtaking adventures set in America's nineteenth-century western frontier—elevating...


Blood Money and Other Stories

by Elmore Leonard

Before he brilliantly traversed the gritty landscapes of underworld Detroit and Miami, the incomparable Elmore Leonard wrote breathtaking adventures set in America's nineteenth-century western frontier—elevating...