By Jeff Parker
“Jeff Parker is a author who is familiar with that voice is the entrance to all precise good looks in fiction. Tight, wry, darkish, and deeply humorous – he's a grasp of the hyper-compressed sentence that explodes with extra that means and nuance than could be possible.” – George Saunders, writer of Pastoralia
“Jeff Parker’s tales are mysterious, heartfelt, and totally eye-catching. within the flavor of Penney he casually flexes a Voltron-like mixture of writerly presents: Ron Carlson’s mastery of voice, Elmore Leonard’s uncanny ear for discussion, and Raymond Carver’s spare wit. This assortment comprises probably the most soaking up and brightly ingenious tales I’ve encounter in a few time.” – Davy Rothbart, FOUND journal
“Whether moose legs or tongue tips or sperm counts or pennies lodged right into a throat, Parker disassembles us so compellingly that we now not desire to be entire. His inventiveness revises the realm as we all know it with audacious wit.” – Mary Caponegro, writer of All give way and The famous person Café
“Here now we have characters in Russian messing up in hilarious methods; caring for a dishonest girlfriend’s puppy fowl; failing miserably at roadside exams in entrance of police officers; spraying indoor centipedes with affordable cologne. Has my existence ever been this undesirable? Nope. Have I ever felt like any such foreigner in an already-strange land? now not even shut. Do I want that Id’ written those tales? completely. I’m jealous. The style of Penny’s the simplest journey at a miraculous carnival. “ – George Singleton, writer of The Half-Mammals of Dixie and These individuals are Us.
“These tales are haunting and continuously surprising.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The style of Penny agitates the experience in 13 tales glossy and mischievous. This assortment captures love, relationships, and discovering one's method within the twenty-first century.
Jeff Parker is the writer of the unconventional Ovenman (Tin House). His brief fiction and nonfiction have seemed in American brief Fiction, the easiest American Nonrequired analyzing, Indiana evaluation, Ploughshares, Tin residence, The Walrus, and others. He teaches artistic writing on the collage of Toronto.
By Dennis Cooper
“[A] marvelous, triumphantly lurid author in addition to a supremely proficient, based stylist whose prose is sensible and nervy. He may additionally be the final literary outlaw in mainstream American fiction.” —Bret Easton Ellis
Internationally acclaimed author Dennis Cooper maintains to review the cloth he is continuously explored truthfully, yet does so now—in stories—with a feeling of wisdom and a satirical contact that exploits and winks at his mastery of this global. because it has performed for many years, Cooper’s taut, managed prose lays naked the compulsions and troubling vacancy of the human soul.
By Philip K. Dick
Within the aftermath of a devastating nuclear struggle among the United countries and the Soviet Union, refined robots--nicknamed "claws"--are created to wreck what continues to be of human existence. Left to their very own units, notwithstanding, the claws enhance robots in their personal. II-V, the second one sort, continues to be unknown to the few people left in the world. Or does it?
Philip okay. Dick was once an American science-fiction novelist, short-story author and essayist. His first brief tale, "Beyond Lies the Wub," was once released presently after his highschool commencement. a few of his most renowned brief tales have been tailored for movie, together with "The Minority Report," "Paycheck," "Second Variety" (adapted into the movie Screamers) and "We Can commit it to memory For You Wholesale" (adapted into the movie Total Recall).
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By Alice Munro
Within the 9 breathtaking tales that make up her celebrated 10th assortment, Alice Munro achieves new heights, developing narratives that loop and swerve like reminiscence, and conjuring up characters as thorny and contradictory as humans we all know ourselves.
A tough-minded housekeeper jettisons the behavior of an entire life due to a teenager's functional funny story. a faculty scholar vacationing her brassy, unconventional aunt stumbles on an spectacular mystery and its which means in her personal lifestyles. An incorrigible philanderer responds with unforeseen grace to his wife's nursing-home romance. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage is Munro at her most sensible, tirelessly observant, serenely freed from phantasm, deeply and gloriously humane.
By Geoffrey Becker
During this humorous, touching assortment approximately song, identification, liars, and love, Geoffrey Becker brings us into the lives of people that have come to a turning element and shall we us watch as they take, even though clumsily, their subsequent steps.
In the identify tale, an getting older black singer who plays in simple terms Elvis songs regardless of his vintage bluesman seems has his usual spot on the neighborhood blues jam threatened via a newly arrived Asian American with the not going identify Robert Johnson. In “Man Under," acquaintances suffering to be rock musicians in Reagan-era Brooklyn locate that their entrance door has been got rid of through their landlord. An aspiring author discovers the afterlife involves being the stand-in for a well-known writer on an unending publication journey in “Another Coyote Story." Lonely and adrift in Florence, Italy, a tender guy poses as a journey consultant with an paintings historical past measure in “Know Your Saints." And in “This isn't a Bar," an easy evening in town for a middle-aged guitar scholar and jazz buff becomes a war of words together with his previous and an exploration of what's or isn't real.
In his depictions of suffering performers, artists, expectant mom and dad, tourists, con-men, briefly hired teachers, or even the lately deceased, Becker asks the query, that are extra vital: the tales we inform folks or those we inform ourselves?
By Pete Hamill
"Hamill, a grasp raconteur, mines his personal roots during this spell binding new anthology." ---New York Times
Pete Hamill's gathered tales approximately Brooklyn current a brand new York virtually misplaced yet now not forgotten. They learn like messages from a vanished age, brimming with nostalgia---for the area after the conflict, the times of the Dodgers and Giants, or even, for a few, the years of Prohibition and the Depression.
THE CHRISTMAS child is classic Hamill. Set within the borough the place he used to be born and raised, it's a must-read for his many enthusiasts, for all who love manhattan, and for somebody who seeks to appreciate the realm at the present time in the course of the lens of the realm that after was once.
By Kyle Minor
A schoolteacher escapes East Berlin at evening, swimming the Spree River 3 times sporting aged family on her again, so she will make her approach to West Palm seashore, Florida, and spoil the lives of 5th grade boys. a tender husband reckons with the chance that his wife's being pregnant will finish along with her dying sooner than Christmas. A preacher bathes his sick and aged mom, now not realizing that she has unsuitable him for the long-lost cousin she watched homicide his brother in her father's tobacco box. In six tales that learn like novels in miniature, Kyle Minor plumbs the depths of human secret, the place meet our kindnesses and our cruelties, our generosities and our pettiness.It contains the tale an afternoon intended to Do Loss, chosen for most sensible American secret tales 2008, and so long Hills, hi evening, winner of the 2005 Tara M. Kroger Award.
By Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Love tales, with a twist: the eagerly awaited follow-up to the good Russian writer's long island occasions bestselling frightening fairy tales.
By turns sly and candy, burlesque and heartbreaking, those realist fables of girls trying to find love are the tales that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya—who has been in comparison to Chekhov, Tolstoy, Beckett, Poe, Angela Carter, or even Stephen King—is most sensible identified for in Russia. listed here are makes an attempt at human connection, either wicked and stylish, by way of humans in all levels of existence: one-night stands in communal residences, poignantly awkward couplings, workplace trysts, schoolgirl crushes, elopements, tentative courtships, and rampant infidelity, shot via with lurid violence, romantic phantasm, and fantastic tenderness.
By Adam Haslett
National e-book Award Finalist
Pulitzer Prize Finalist
In his bestselling and lavishly praised first publication of news, Adam Haslett explores lives that seem shuttered by way of loss and discovers complete worlds hidden inside of them. The impression is straight away harrowing and thrilling.
An aged inventor, burning with manic creativity, attempts to reconcile along with his estranged homosexual son. A bereaved boy attracts a thuggish classmate right into a courting of escalating guilt and violence. A genteel middle-aged lady, a long-time resident of a psychiatric sanatorium, turns into the confidante of a lovelorn teenaged volunteer. advised with Chekhovian restraint and compassion, and conveying either the sorrow of lifestyles and the braveness with which individuals upward thrust to fulfill it, You should not a Stranger Here is a triumph of storytelling.
By Dorothy West
At the heels of the bestseller luck of her novel The Wedding, Dorothy West, the final surviving member of the Harlem Renaissance, offers a set of essays and tales that discover either the realism of daily life, and the fantastical, outstanding conditions of 1 woman's existence in a mythic time. Traversing the common issues and conflicts among poverty and prosperity, women and men, and old and young, and compiling writing that spans virtually seventy years, The Richer, The Poorer not just offers an extraordinary window into the African-American center type, but in addition delves into the richness of expertise of "one of the best writers produced during this nation in the course of the Roaring Twenties."