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The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room: A Barry Gifford Reader

by Barry Gifford, Thomas A. Mccarthy & Andrei Codrescu

"Everything I have to say about race and religion and politics is in the novels," declares Barry Gifford. The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room gathers generous portions of all thirteen novels and novellas,...


Valery The Great

by Elaine McCluskey

Valery the Great is a crackling, electric collection of dark humour that follows the bizarre and beautiful lives of its protagonists. Sometimes sweet and gentle, sometimes sharply sarcastic, the unique narrative...


The Devil You Know

by Jenn Farrell

The Devil You Know is the follow-up volume to Farrell's critically acclaimed debut collection, Sugar Bush & Other Stories. These stories deal with sex, love, work, birth, and death in alternately moving, shocking,...


Sugar Bush & Other Stories

by Jenn Farrell

The stories in Sugar Bush & Other Stories deal with gender relations, love, and sex in a frank way. Most of the pieces feature female protagonists who navigate their young adult years in some questionable ways....


Suburban Pornography

by Matthew Firth

Suburban Pornography is contemporary literature, which documents Canadian urban life in a raw and naked manner. The prose is stripped: minimalist, direct, urgent, unflinching. The stories revolve around ordinary...


Elysium and Other Stories

by Pamela Stewart

Pamela Stewart is a self-described "literary proctologist" and her writing often looks into places that people generally don't want to look. The stories in Elysium are about the difficulties of life we all encounter...


Black Rabbit and Other Stories

by Salvatore Difalco

Black Rabbit & Other Stories is a debut collection of great intensity and versatility. The stories range from the fantastic to the gritty, from urban dystopias to worlds of dreamlike possibility. Even in their...


Animal

by Alexandra Leggat

In a style reminiscent of Raymond Carver, the stories contained in Animal depict people on the brink of major life change. They stand at crossroads they are often oblivious to-they suck thick air in rooms filled...


Hush Hush: Stories

by Steven Barthelme

If you're up $16,000 at the casino and missing dinner with the woman you love, how do you find the strength to drive away? If you give up your career and your beautiful wife and find yourself drinking vodka...


Wheat That Springeth Green

by J.F. Powers & Katherine A. Powers

Wheat That Springeth Green, J. F. Powers’s beautifully realized final work, is a comic foray into the commercialized wilderness of modern American life. Its hero, Joe Hackett, is a high school track star who...


Four Last Things

by William Palmer

"Do you know what the last four things are? In the

Christian catechism they are Death, Judgment, Heaven

and Hell. But in our secular age they should perhaps be

changed. I suggest - First Love, Friendship, Betrayal...


Sultan & Mermaid Queen: Surprising Asian People, Places and Things That Go Bump in the Night

by Paul Sochaczewski

The Sultan and the Mermaid Queen is a collection of essays and articles which describe rarely written-about Asian people, places and events.


At the Bottom of the River

by Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid's inspired, lyrical short stories

Reading Jamaica Kincaid is to plunge, gently, into another way of seeing both the physical world and its elusive inhabitants. Her voice is, by turns, naively...


Batuffolo isn't a cat

by Norma Mazzaretto

"This is a fascinating story, by turns funny, intriguing and very moving. Batuffolo's personality is captured very well, and the account of his illness was heartbreakingly vivid. This is excellent writing, Norma...


Almost Gone

by Brian Sousa & Frank X. Gaspar

Alternately gritty, suspenseful, and illuminating, Brian Sousa’s debut collection of interlocking stories depicts the Portuguese American experience from a new perspective


Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Ron Rash

PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in unforgettable stories that span from...


I dont intend to complain

by Luis Landa

The characters in these stories are marked by an introspective nature. Occasionally naive, somewhat lost, they struggle against their problems without reallly solving their conflicts These stories speak of music,...


I know no shame

by Solidea Ruggiero

Human relationships in all its forms. People, like words, become intertwined in unexpected scenarios. Ruggiero's stories, which are sometimes structured like poetry, lead to the discovery of humanity from the...


The Women of Brewster Place

by Gloria Naylor

Once the home of poor Irish and Italian immigrants, Brewster Place, a rotting tenement on a dead-end street, now shelters black families. This novel portrays the courage, the fear, and the anguish of some of...


We Live in Water

by Jess Walter

We Live in Water, the first collection of short fiction from New York Times bestselling author Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams, all of them...