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The Year Of Perfect Happiness

Author : Becky Adnot-Haynes
ISBN : 9781574415650
Genre : Fiction
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The sharp-witted stories in Becky Adnot-Haynes' debut collection explore the secret lives of people--how they deal with the parts of themselves that they choose not to share with their closest confidants--and with the world. A pole-vaulter practices his sport only before dawn. A recently divorced woman signs up for a hallucinogenic drug excursion in the Arizona desert. An uncertain girlfriend goes out into the world wearing a false pregnancy belly. In The Year of Perfect Happiness, the universe is recognizable but slightly askew, a world whose corners can be peeled back to reveal the strange and often comic outcomes of acting out your most self-destructive desires. "In The Year of Perfect Happiness, Becky Adnot-Haynes puts her smart and funny prose to expert use, patiently delving the radiant mysteries we keep from strangers, from ourselves, from the people we love the most: Our joys and sorrows, our hidden hurts and unforgettable mistakes and untellable secrets, secrets which Adnot-Haynes' excellent stories suggest we want only to be forced to share, craving the moment when we're at last revealed in all our imperfect but stunning humanity."--Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods and judge

The Expense Of A View

Author : Polly Buckingham
ISBN : 9781574416473
Genre : Fiction
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The stories in The Expense of a View explore the psyches of characters under extreme duress. In the title story, a woman who has moved across the country in an attempt to leave her past behind dumps an empty suitcase into the Columbia River over and over again. In another story, a woman who wakes up mornings only to discover she's been shooting heroin in a night trance, meets her doppelganger on a rainy Oregon beach. Most of the characters are displaced and disturbed; they suffer from dissociative disorders, denial, and delusions. The settings—Florida, eastern Washington, Seattle, and the Oregon coast—mirror their lunacies. While refusing to look at what’s right in front of themselves might destroy them, it’s equally likely to be just what they need.

Activamerica

Author : Meagan Cass
ISBN : 9781574417050
Genre : Fiction
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Drawing from fairy tales, ghost stories, and science-fiction, the stories in ActivAmerica explore how we confront (and exert) power and re-imagine ourselves through sports and athletic activities. A group of girls starts an illicit hockey league in a conservative suburb. A recently separated woman must run a mile a day in order to maintain her new corporate health insurance. Children impacted by environmental disaster create a “mutant soccer team.” Two sisters are visited by an Olympic gymnast who demands increasingly dangerous moves from them. Sports allow the characters to form communities on soccer fields and hidden lakes, in overgrown backyards and across Ping-Pong tables. Throughout the collection, however, athletic risk also comes with unexpected, often unsettling results.

Quantum Convention

Author : Eric Schlich
ISBN : 9781574417470
Genre : Fiction
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Quantum Convention’s eight genre-bending stories balance precariously between reality and fantasy, the suburban and the magical, the quotidian and the strange. Caught at a crossroads in his marriage, a high school teacher attends a parallel universe convention, where he meets his multiple selves and explores the alternate paths of life’s what-ifs. The story of Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West, parallels the coming of age of a cross-dressing boy whose crisis of identity is tied to The Wizard of Oz. Other stories feature characters labeled as “outcasts” by society—whether physically, morally, or fantastically: an alcoholic lucid dreamer, a closeted bisexual, a bachelor time-epileptic, orphans-turned-keeners, a vengeful banshee, a nerdy cyclops, and more. Many struggle to find what Dorothy and her entourage searched for: the wisdom to trust or discount their faith; the ability of the emotionally detached to love; the courage to speak up for oneself; a place to belong.

Last Words Of The Holy Ghost

Author : Matt Cashion
ISBN : 9781574416121
Genre : Fiction
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Funny, heartbreaking, and real—these twelve stories showcase a dynamic range of voices belonging to characters who can't stop confessing. They are obsessive storytellers, disturbed professors, depressed auctioneers, gambling clergy. A fourteen-year-old boy gets baptized and speaks in tongues to win the love of a girl who ushers him into adulthood; a troubled insomniac searches the woods behind his mother's house for the "awful pretty" singing that begins each midnight; a school-system employee plans a year-end party at the site of a child's drowning; a burned-out health-care administrator retires from New England to coastal Georgia and stumbles upon a life-changing moment inside Walmart. These big-hearted people—tethered to the places that shape them—survive their daily sorrows and absurdities with well-timed laughter; they slouch toward forgiveness, and they point their ears toward the Holy Ghost's last words.

The Missouri Review

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ISBN : MINN:31951P01172095B
Genre : American literature
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Die Gesichter Der Wahrheit

Author : Alice Blanchard
ISBN : 3442355176
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Das Narrenschiff

Author : Katherine Anne Porter
ISBN : 3442744997
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The Best American Short Stories 1974

Author : Martha Foley
ISBN : 0395194156
Genre : Fiction
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Die Tochter Des Fotografen

Author : Kim Edwards
ISBN : 9783841202000
Genre : Fiction
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"Ein Roman zum Bewundern, Betrauern und Begeistertsein." BamS. Lexington, Kentucky, 1964: In einer stürmischen Winternacht liegt die hochschwangere Frau des Arztes David Henry in den Wehen. Sie bringt einen kerngesunden Sohn auf die Welt. Doch die Wehen setzen erneut ein, und dem Jungen folgt eine Zwillingsschwester. Dieses Kind ist behindert. In Sekundenschnelle trifft David eine Entscheidung: Während seine Frau Norah in der Narkose liegt, bittet er die Krankenschwester Caroline, den Säugling stillschweigend in ein Heim zu bringen. Doch Caroline flieht mit dem Mädchen und zieht es allein groß. - So beginnt eine tief bewegende Geschichte, die ein Vierteljahrhundert umspannt. Wie kann eine Frau weiterleben, wenn ihr das Kind genommen wird? Schmerzhaft und schön erzählt Kim Edwards die Schicksalsgeschichte einer Familie. Sie berichtet von Trennungen und Neuanfängen und der erlösenden Kraft der Liebe. "Die Tochter des Fotografen" ist ein überwältigendes Epos über das Lebensglück und Lebensleid. Der Roman war in den USA ein Überrschungserfolg, wochenlang stand er auf Platz 1 der Bestsellerlisten.

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