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Pilots and Normal People: Short Stories from a Different Attitude

by Walt Shiel

"Very interesting. I especially liked PROFANE about the overuse of profanity and uncivilized people. I also enjoyed GROUNDED about a pilot who was grounded and his wife secretly took lessons to surprise [him]....


Blue Sky Dark Heart

by Chiesa Irwin

Synopsis: BLUE SKY DARK HEART is a collection of short stories set in Townsville, northern Queensland, Australia. The stories have a slight military theme and Townsville is the link between them. Townsville...


Marmalade: Stories

by Elizabeth Muldrow

A black man retrieves his family history from the jumble of papers tenaciously guarded by an aged white cousin. Low income residents of an inner city apartment house rescue Santa from a balky elevator. Black...


Politically Inspired

by Stephen Elliott

The news media can't help but leave out a certain personal element from every story. Reading fiction gives us the freedom to envision unlikely connections between characters, overhear conversations in bedrooms...


The Unsettling

by Peter Rock

A stunning, Poe-esque collection of short fiction about outsiders, lost dogs, romance, and life's surprising mysteries.Populated by strangers, ghosts, and other shadowy figures, the thirteen stories in The Unsettling...


Famous Fathers

by Pia Z. Ehrhardt

A gracefully disconcerting collection of stories by the winner of the 2005 Narrative Prize. Wavering between fidelity and freedom, the women in this sparkling debut deal with emotional damage and unhealed heartbreak...


A Patch of Blue

by Brian Mullally

Sometimes funny, tearful, serious or all three, these stories give the reader little chance to recover, as they change from contemporary to the historic, love to war, personal to public, offering a pot-pourri...


Circling the Drain

by Amanda Davis

          Enter into the worlds of fifteen young women who, despite their vastly different circumstances, seem to negotiate an eerily similar and unavoidably dangerous emotional terrain. With a visceral...


The Wonders of the Invisible World

by David Gates

The author of the highly acclaimed novels Jernigan (Pulitzer Prize Finalist) and Preston Falls (National Book Critics Cirlce Award Finalist) offers up a mordantly funny collection of short stories about the...


The Undivided Self

by Will Self

The best of "the funniest comic writer working the short-story form today" (Houston Chronicle ).


Nothing Right: Short Stories

by Antonya Nelson

A collection of stories from Antonya Nelson, one of the New Yorker's "twenty young fiction writers of the new millenium", an unflinching glimpse into contemporary family drama.


The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

by Don DeLillo

From one of the greatest writers of our time, his first collection of short stories, written between 1979 and 2011, chronicling—and foretelling—three decades of American life

Set in Greece, the Caribbean,...


Black Tickets: Stories

by Jayne Anne Phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips's reputation-making debut collection paved the way for a new generation of writers. Raved about by reviewers and embraced by the likes of Raymond Carver, Frank Conroy, Annie Dillard, and...


Success Stories

by Russell Banks

In Sucess Stories, an exceptionally varied yet coherent collection, Russell Banks proves himself one of the most astute and forceful writers in America today. Queen for a Day, Success Story, and Adultery trace...


Worship of the Common Heart

by Patricia Henley

An impressive overview of a writer whose career is still climbing, Worship of the Common Heart allows us a rare opportunity to observe twenty years in the evolution of a writer of uncommon talent and heart....


Jackdaw & Other Stories

by M B Mencher

Someone once described the Novel as "the one bright book of Life". If that is so, we can describe short stories as Life's bright pages. "Jackdaw & Other Stories" are mainly about people, but their settings are...


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...


Three Balconies: Stories and a Novella

by Bruce Friedman

Three Balconies brings together 17 new stories by the celebrated humorist, vintage Friedman all. In sumptuously simple language, the language of the street, the bar, the store, the office, Friedman gives us...


Dying Light

by Donald Hays

Uncompromising, often dark, and always insightful, 'Dying Light' explores the mysteries of duty, forgiveness, power, and love through a broad range of narrative voices. We meet a football coach who seeks to...


The Goldfish Dancer

by Patricia Robertson

These five stories and two novellas introduce us to characters whose obsessions occupy the borderlands between fantasy and reality.