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How to Escape from a Leper Colony

by Tiphanie Yanique

An enthralling debut collection from a singular Caribbean voice

For a leper, many things are impossible, and many other things are easily done. Babalao Chuck said he could fly to the other side of the island...


Four New Messages

by Joshua Cohen

A quartet of audacious fictions that capture the pathos and absurdity of life in the age of the internet *A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice*One of Flavorwire's "50 Books That Define the Past...


What the Emperor Cannot Do: Tales and Legends of the Orient

by Vlas Doroshevich, Rowen Glie & Ronald Landau

Rediscovery of a brilliant writer from the early 20th century banned under Soviets. These anti-establishment tales are universal and timeless.


No Animals We Could Name

by Ted Sanders

No Animals We Could Name by Ted Sanders The winner of the Bakeless Prize for Fiction, a bold debut collection  The animals (human or otherwise) in Ted Sanders's inventive, wistful stories are oddly familiar,...


Get Down

by Asali Solomon

Asali Solomon's characters are vivid misfits--a heathen at Jesus camp, a scheming prep-school student, a middle-aged mom pining for her salsa-dancing salad days, a scheming twentysomething virgin, a college...


Assorted Fire Events

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2000

by David Means & Donald Antrim

Upon its publication, Assorted Fire Events won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and received tremendous critical praise. Ranging across America, taking...


Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

by Etgar Keret, Miriam Shlesinger, Nathan Englander & Sondra Silverston

Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret’s new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most...


The Lion Sleeps Tonight

by Rian Malan

Since its original publication twenty years ago Rian Malan’s classic work of narrative nonfiction My Traitor’s Heart has earned its author comparisons to masters of literary nonfiction like Michael Herr...


Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories

by Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie’s stature as a writer of stories, poems, and novels has soared over the course of his twenty-book, twenty-year career. His wide-ranging, acclaimed stories from the last two decades have established...


The Quantity Theory of Insanity

Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize 1993

by Will Self

What is there is only a limited amount of sanity in the world and the real reason people go mad is because somebody has to? What if a mysterious tribe in the Amazon rainforest turn out to be the most boring...


What Becomes

by A. L. Kennedy

Twice selected for Granta’s list of Best Young British Novelists, winner of the 2007 Costa Book Award for her acclaimed novel Day (“Day is a novel of extraordinary complexity”—The New York Review of...


Elijah Visible

by Thane Rosenbaum

With the publication of Elijah Visible, Thane Rosenbaum emerged as a fresh and important new voice on the American literary scene, a young writer in the great Jewish storytelling tradition of Isaac Bashevis...


Jenny and the Jaws of Life

by Jincy Willett & David Sedaris

In these wonderfully funny and poignant stories, Willett's eccentric, complex characters think and do the unconventional. Soft, euphonic women gradually grow old; weak, unhappy men confront love and their own...


Venus Drive

by Sam Lipsyte

An intense, mordantly funny collection of short fiction from the author of Home Land and The Ask.

A man with an "old soul" finds himself at a Times Square peep show, looking for more than just a little action....


Object Lessons

by The Paris Review

New York Magazine Best Book of the Year

A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year 

Twenty contemporary authors introduce twenty sterling examples of the short story from the pages of The Paris Review. What...


One Life at a Time, Please

by Edward Abbey

From stories about cattlemen, fellow critics, his beloved desert, cities, and technocrats to thoughts on sin and redemption, this is one of our most treasured writers at the height of his powers.


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...


Varieties of Disturbance

by Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis has been called “one of the quiet giants in the world of American fiction” (Los Angeles Times), “an American virtuoso of the short story form” (Salon), an innovator who attempts “to remake...


The Question of Bruno: Stories

by Aleksandar Hemon

In this stylistically adventurous, brilliantly funny tour de force-the most highly acclaimed debut since Nathan Englander's-Aleksander Hemon writes of love and war, Sarajevo and America, with a skill and imagination...


The Appearance of a Hero

by Peter Levine

"Levine’s stories are riveting and subtle, shot through with a muted wisdom and palpable compassion." ―Publisher's Weekly

Tom Mahoney is the golden boy everyone knew in school: good-looking, charming, an...