Moving from modern-day jerusalem to mccarthy-era Los Angeles to communist Prague and back again, The UnAmericans is a stunning exploration of characters shaped by the forces of history.
Last Night Vintage InternationalAnd in the title story, a translator assists his wife’s suicide, even as he performs a last act of betrayal. James salter’ s assured style and emotional insight make him one of our most essential writers. Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from James Salter's All That Is. A book dealer is forced to face the truth about his life.
Last night is a spellbinding collection of stories about passion–by turns fiery and subdued, destructive and redemptive, alluring and devastating. A lover of poetry is asked by his wife to give up what may be his most treasured relationship. These ten powerful stories portray men and women in their most intimate moments.
Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercises for Writing FictionHow do you avoid the pitfalls inherent in the most common subjects for stories? how do you create memorable minor characters? what about managing references to pop culture without distracting your readers, or exploring the twenty most common craft-related quirks that lessen immediacy for your readers? How do you keep from overdosing on similes and metaphors or relying on too many flashbacks to provide necessary backstory? How do you learn to listen when your story tries to talk to you? Finally, the writer’s life, revising a story to bring its subtext into focus, how can you resist “John McNally’s Sure-Fire Formula for Becoming Funnier in 30 Days”?McNally cites many novels and short stories as examples that best illustrate the lessons he wants to impart, or the writer’s craft, as well as his own favorite authors’ novels and short story collections.
While acknowledging that many fine books cover such essentials of fiction writing as point of view, and setting, characterization, McNally sets out in this new book—intended as a supplement to beginning fiction-writing classes or as the sole text for upper-level or graduate courses—to solve the tricky second-tier problems that those books cover only in footnotes.
Vivid and continuous takes its inspiration from john Gardner, whose essential truths in On Becoming a Novelist clarified McNally’s goal of communicating a “vivid and continuous dream” with his own writing. In fifteen concise, energizing chapters, he dispenses advice gained from almost thirty years of studying, writing, and teaching.
Exercises at the end of each chapter reinforce its point and serve as practical catalysts for new writings and directions. Just blunt enough to get your attention but not blunt enough to crush you, snarky but not mean, personal but not ego-ridden, challenging but not discouraging, John McNally will prompt you to think more deeply about a variety of issues that will push you toward writing more meaningful, more accomplished work.
The Blue Notebook: A NovelBonus: this edition contains a The Blue Notebook discussion guide and an excerpt from James A. As she navigates the grim realities of mumbai’s Common Street, Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts and writing fantastic tales that help her transcend her daily existence. Beautifully crafted, and filled with both tragedy and humor, The Blue Notebook shows how even in the most difficult situations, surprisingly hopeful, people use storytelling to make sense of and give meaning to their lives.
. Levine's Bingo's Run. An unforgettable, the blue notebook tells the story of Batuk, deeply affecting debut novel, a precocious fifteen-year-old girl from rural India who is sold into sexual slavery by her father.
Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other WritingsAt her best, though, she’s just incomparable. The washington post “offers insights into the vagaries of Jackson’s mind, which was ruminant and generous, accommodating such diverse figures as Dr. One of the most original voices of her generation. The huffington Post. As we approach the centenary of her birth comes this astonishing compilation of fifty-six pieces—more than forty of which have never been published before.
Jackson’s landscape here is most frequently domestic: dinner parties and bridge, household budgets and homeward-bound commutes, children’s games and neighborly gossip. Since her death in 1965, her place in the landscape of twentieth-century fiction has grown only more exalted. Two of jackson’s children co-edited this volume, culling through the vast archives of their mother’s papers at the Library of Congress, selecting only the very best for inclusion.
. Let me tell you brings together the deliciously eerie short stories Jackson is best known for, along with frank, inspiring lectures on writing; comic essays about her large, boisterous family; and whimsical drawings. Together they show her to be a magnificent storyteller, a sharp, sly humorist, and a powerful feminist.
Times in reading jackson’s accounts of desperate women in their thirties slowly going crazy that she seems an American Jean Rhys, other times when she rivals even Flannery O’Connor in her cool depictions of inhumanity and insidious cruelty, and still others when she matches Philip K.
In The Garden Of The North American Martyrs: StoriesAmong the characters you'll find in this collection of twelve stories by tobias wolff are a teenage boy who tells morbid lies about his home life, a timid professor who, in the first genuine outburst of her life, pours out her opinions in spite of a protesting audience, a prudish loner who gives an obnoxious hitchhiker a ride, and an elderly couple on a golden anniversary cruise who endure the offensive conviviality of the ship's social director.
Fondly yet sharply drawn, Wolff's characters stumble over each other in their baffled yet resolute search for the "right path. ".
Funeral Platter: StoriesThis collection—peppered with moments of violence and tenderness—touches on political satire, social disillusionment, and the joy and perversity of human love. In the tradition of etgar keret, greg Ames’ prose style ties together the absurd hilarity and deep anguish of the situations his characters find themselves in.
These wildly inventive stories will appeal to readers who thirst for a unique, deeply humane voice. A young girl aspiring to be a ventriloquist using a burnt log as a dummy; Franz Kafka and Sartre cruising a seedy bar, trying to pick up chicks; a lighthearted retired couple stages and executes their own funeral; a son lovingly prepares and brings corn chowder to his parents, whom he keeps in a cage in his backyard.
From the author of buffalo Lockjaw comes a mordantly humorous collection of taut, off-the-wall, and heartbreaking short stories.
If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This: FictionWorlds are contained in a single page. There’s no narrative cohesion, no point. Rather, if i loved you is a ‘Fantastic Voyage’ into the bloodstream of the human species. Fans of mary gaitskill, amy bloom, and Miranda July will feel like they’ve found gold in a river when they discover Robin Black.
. Brilliant, and fearlessly honest, hopeful, if i Loved You, I Would Tell You This illuminates the truths of human relationships, truths we come to recognize in these characters and in ourselves. Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from Robin Black's Life Drawing. Look for the if i loved you, I Would Tell You This discussion guide inside.
Praise for if i loved you, i would tell you this“I want to shout about how just when you thought no one could write a story with any tinge of freshness let alone originality about childhood. An artist mourns the end of a romance while painting the portrait of a dying man. Black evokes a Sparkian blend of skepticism and grace.
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and IslamA lode of learning. Time“the most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history—the quest for God. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life. Why does god exist? how have the three dominant monotheistic religions—judaism, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, from the time of Abraham to the present.
The epic story begins with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism—a concept previously unknown in the world. Karen armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying. The sunday times London“Absorbing.
Christianity and islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned 'the One God' to suit the social and political needs of their followers. Karen Armstrong is a genius. A. N. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic.
Praise for history of god“An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers.
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: StoriesThe wig" takes an aging wigmaker and makes her, for a single moment, beautiful. It hearalds the arrival of a remarkable new storyteller. Energized, irreverent, and deliciously inventive stories from Pulitzer-nominated, bestselling author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. In the collection's hilarious title story, a Hasidic man gets a special dispensation from his rabbi to see a prostitute.
. In "the tumblers, in a deft, imaginative twist, " Englander envisions a group of Polish Jews herded toward a train bound for the death camps and, turns them into acrobats tumbling out of harm's way. For the relief of unbearable urges is a work of startling authority and imagination--a book that is as wondrous and joyful as it is wrenchingly sad.
The Association of Small Bombs: A NovelKaran mahajan writes brilliantly about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators, proving himself to be one of the most provocative and dynamic novelists of his generation. Smart, devastating, unpredictable. Post haste. Fiona maazel, the new York Times Book Review“Brilliant. Sam sacks, the wall street journal“Mahajan’s eagerness to go at the bomb from every angle suggests a voracious approach to fiction-making.
The new yorkerfor readers of mohsin hamid, the association of small bombs is an expansive and deeply humane novel that is at once groundbreaking in its empathy, pick up their family’s television set at a repair shop with their friend Mansoor Ahmed one day in 1996, Arundhati Roy, and ambitious in scopeWhen brothers Tushar and Nakul Khurana, and Teju Cole, dazzling in its acuity, Dave Eggers, two Delhi schoolboys, disaster strikes without warning.
A bomb—one of the many “small” bombs that go off seemingly unheralded across the world—detonates in the Delhi marketplace, instantly claiming the lives of the Khurana boys, to the devastation of their parents. After a brief stint at university in america, mansoor returns to Delhi, where his life becomes entangled with the mysterious and charismatic Ayub, a fearless young activist whose own allegiances and beliefs are more malleable than Mansoor could imagine.
. I suggest you go out and buy this one. Mansoor survives, bearing the physical and psychological effects of the bomb.