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The Early Stories: 1953-1975

PEN/Faulkner Award 2004

by John Updike

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

 

A harvest and not a winnowing, this volume collects 103 stories, almost all of the short fiction that John Updike wrote between 1953 and 1975. “How rarely it...


Sister Crazy

by Emma Richler

The sprawling Weiss family--as recalled by Jemima, the middle child in Emma Richler’s amazing debut--live an almost idyllic existence. The feeling among the siblings is so palpable that we cannot help but...


Strange People, Scary People

by Tally Harbour

Strange People, Scary People, is a collection of fourteen tales of terror and horror: the two aspects for which strange and scary people are famous. In its bowels, you will read of a strange, witch-like woman...


Animal Crackers

by Hannah Tinti

With bravura storytelling, daring imagination, and fierce narrative control, this dazzling debut introduces that rare writer who finds humanity in our most unconventional behavior, and the humor beneath our...


Flights of Love: Stories

by Bernhard Schlink

Bernhard Schlink brings to these seven superbly crafted stories the same sleek concision and moral acuity that made The Reader an international bestseller. His characters–men with importunate appetites and...


Dead Certain

by Mariah Stewart

From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes a novel of sexy romantic suspense for fans of Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Karen Robards.

Three devious prisoners vow murderous revenge. Now...


The View from the Seventh Layer: Stories

by Kevin Brockmeier

Peering into the often unnoticed corners of life, Kevin Brockmeier has been consistently praised for the originality of his vision, the boundlessness of his imagination and the command of his craft. Once again,...


The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories

by Steve Almond

Steve Almond, the man whose candy jones fueled the bestseller Candyfreak, returns with a collection of stories that both seals his reputation as a master of the modern form and risks getting him arrested. The...


Great Dream of Heaven: Stories

by Sam Shepard

In eighteen stories unlike any in our contemporary literature, Sam Shepard explores the vast and rugged American West with the same parched intensity that has made him “the great playwright of his generation”...


God Lives in St. Petersburg: Short Stories

by Tom Bissell

Young Americans abroad in Central Asia find themselves pushed to their limits in these acclaimed, prize-winning stories by one of our most exciting and talented new authors. Combining bleak humor, ironic insight,...


Mafeking Road

by Herman Charles Charles Bosman

These slyly simple stories of the unforgiving South African Transvaal reveal a little-described (and rarely romanticized) world of Afrikaner life in the late 19th Century. Like our own Mark Twain, Herman Charles...


Cradle Book

by Craig Morgan Morgan Teicher

Haunting and beautiful fables of lonely birds, groaning cows, nurturing wolves, and sad little boys.


What I Didn't See: Stories

by Karen Fowler

Stories that slip up behind you and break your heart before you know it.


Chioniso and Other Stories

by Shimmer Chinodya

In this new collection, Chioniso and other stories, we are once again reminded how Shimmer Chinodya mines his experience for nuggets. Playing with his doppelganger, Godfrey, he looks back on life in Harare,...


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...


Howard Who?: Stories

by Howard Waldrop

First paperback edition of a landmark collection of maverick science fiction.


Carmen Dog

by Carol Emshwiller

Funny feminist classic; a genre-jumping debut novel.


Dancing with Life. Tales from the Township: Tales from the Township

by Christopher Mlalazi

" Dancing with Life is a collection of short stories by Christopher Mlalazi. He has had stories published in anthologies inside and outside Zimbabwe, this is his first collection. ""Christopher Mlalazi may well...


At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances: A Professor Dr Von Igelfeld Entertainment Novel (3)

Professor Dr von Igelfeld #3

by Alexander Mccall Smith & Iain Mcintosh

Professor Dr. von Igelfeld Entertainment - Book 3

The Professor Dr. von Igelfeld Entertainment series slyly skewers academia, chronicling the comic misadventures of the endearingly awkward Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria...


Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel, "Rabbit Remembered"

by John Updike

In this brilliant late-career collection, John Updike revisits many of the locales of his early fiction: the small-town Pennsylvania of Olinger Stories, the sandstone farmhouse of Of the Farm, the exurban New...