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Taps at Reveille

F. Scott Fitzgerald - 1971
    Scott Fitzgerald. It was the fourth and final collection of short stories Fitzgerald published in his lifetime. All were timed to appear a few months to a year after each of his four completed novels were published.[Contents]The eighteen stories collected in Taps at Reveille are:1."The Scandal Detectives"2. "The Freshest Boy"3. "He Thinks He's Wonderful"4. "The Captured Shadow"5. "The Perfect Life"6. "First Blood"7. "A Nice Quiet Place"8. "A Woman with a Past"9. "Crazy Sunday"10. "Two Wrongs"11. "The Night of Chancellorsville"12. "The Last of the Belles"13. "Majesty"14. "Family in the Wind"15. "A Short Trip Home"16. "One Interne"17. "The Fiend"18. "Babylon Revisited"

Best European Fiction 2013

Aleksandar Hemon - 2012
    The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon’s series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they’ve grown to love, while new readers will discover what they’ve been missing!SLOVAKIA: Balla, Before the BreakupMACEDONIA: Žarko Kujundžiski, When the Glasses Are LostMONTENEGRO: Dragan Radulović, The FaceGEORGIA: Lasha Bugadze, The Sins of the WolfBELGIUM: Paul Emond, Grand FroidARMENIA: Krikor Beledian, The Name under My TongueRUSSIA: Kirill Kobrin, Last Summer in MarienbadMOLDOVA: Vitalie Ciobanu, Orchestra RehearsalIRELAND: Tomás Mac Síomóin, Music in the BoneFINLAND: Tiina Raevaara, My Creator, My CreationHUNGARY: Miklós Vajda, Portrait of a Mother in an American FrameTURKEY: Zehra Çırak, Memory Cultivation SalonPORTUGAL: Dulce Maria Cardoso, Angels on the InsideLATVIA: Gundega Repše, How Important is it to be Ernest?UKRAINE: Tania Malyarchuk, Me and My Sacred CowSPAIN (Castilian): Eloy Tizón, The Mercury in the ThermometersBOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Semezdin Mehmedinović, My HeartAUSTRIA: Lydia Mischkulnig, A Protagonist’s NemesisFRANCE: Marie Redonnet, Madame Zabee’s GuesthouseLITHUANIA: Ieva Toleikytė, The Eye of the MaplesBULGARIA: Rumen Balabanov, The RagiadUK, ENGLAND: A.S. Byatt, Dolls’ EyesESTONIA: Kristiina Ehin, The Surrealist’s DaughterPOLAND: Sylwia Chutnik, It’s All Up to YouLIECHTENSTEIN: Daniel Batliner, Malcontent’s MonologueSPAIN (Basque): Bernardo Atxaga, Pirpo and Chanberlan, MurderersSERBIA: Borivoje Adašević, For a Foreign MasterSLOVENIA: Mirana Likar Bajželj, Nada’s TableclothDENMARK: Christina Hesselholdt, Camilla and the HorseROMANIA: Dan Lungu, 7 P.M. WifeSWITZERLAND: Bernard Comment, A SonUK, WALES: Ray French, MigrationIRELAND: Mike McCormack, Of One MindICELAND: Gyrðir Elíasson, The Music ShopNORWAY: Ari Behn, Thunder Snow and When a Dollar Was a Big Deal

The End of Love

Marcos Giralt Torrente - 2011
    Each finds a man carefully churning over his past, trying to fathom how the distance between people can become suddenly unbridgeable. Two tourists visit a remote island off the coast of Africa and are undone by a disconcerting encounter with another couple. A young man, enchanted by his bohemian cousin and her husband, watches them fall into a state of resentful dependence over the course of decades. A chaste but all-consuming love affair between a troubled boy and a wealthy but equally troubled girl leaves a scar that never heals. The son of divorced parents tries in vain to reunite them before realizing why he is wrong to do so. In The End of Love, Giralt Torrente forges discomfiting and gripping dramas from the small but consequential misunderstandings that shape our lives.

McSweeney's #47

Dave Eggers - 2014
    There have been hardcovers and paperbacks, an issue with two spines, an issue with a magnetic binding, an issue that looked like a bundle of junk mail, and an issue that looked like a sweaty human head. McSweeney’s has won multiple literary awards, including two National Magazine Awards for fiction, and has had numerous stories appear in The Best American Magazine Writing, the O. Henry Awards anthologies, and The Best American Short Stories. Design awards given to the quarterly include the AIGA 50 Books Award, the AIGA 365 Illustration Award, and the Print Design Regional Award.Issue 47 brings with it a gale of bracing fiction from writers new and old—two never-before-seen stories from “Lottery” author Shirley Jackson, a portrait of a celebrity interview gone terribly wrong from Thomas McGuane, dark reflections from Lynn Coady and Mona Simpson, an excerpt from Bill Cotter’s latest novel, new work from Bob Odenkirk, and much, much more. From father-daughter surfing duels to sinister substitute teachers to a parlor drama called “Hitler Dinner Party” (thank you, Mr. Odenkirk), this one may well have it all. And its packaging, in ten separate booklets bedecked with one panoramic mega-illustration, ensures that you’ll always be able to carry at least part of it around.

The Penguin Book Of American Short Stories

James Cochrane - 1969
    Some will be less familiar to the English reader. Taken as a whole, The Penguin Book of American Short Stories is an excellent and entertaining introduction to the rich diversity of pleasures that the American short story at its best can offer.Contents:- The legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving- Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne- The fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe- Bartleby by Herman Melville- The man that corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain- The outcasts of Poker Flat by Francis Bret Harte- One of the missing by Ambrose Bierce- The real thing by Henry James- An unfinished story by O. Henry- The bride comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane- Neighbor Rosicky by Willa Cather- To build a fire by Jack London- Death in the woods by Sherwood Anderson- Who dealt? by Ring Lardner- Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter- The rich boy by F. Scott Fitzgerald- Delta autumn by William Faulkner- The battler by Ernest Hemingway- The jewbird by Bernard Malamud- Children on their birthdays by Truman Capote- Wife-wooing by John Updike

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016

Laura Furman - 2016
    Henry Prize Stories 2016 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories range in setting from Japan at the outset of World War II to a remote cabin in the woods of Wyoming, and the characters that inhabit them range from a misanthropic survivor of an apocalyptic flood to a unicorn hidden in a suburban house. Whether fantastical or realistic, gothic or lyrical, the stories here are uniformly breathtaking. They are accompanied by the editor's introduction, essays from the eminent jurors on their favorites, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.CONTENTS"Irises," Elizabeth Genovise"The Mongerji Letters," Geetha Iyer"Narrator," Elizabeth Tallent"Bonus Baby," Joe Donnelly"Divergence," David H. Lynn"A Simple Composition," Shruti Swamy"Storm Windows," Charles Haverty"Train to Harbin," Asako Serizawa"Dismemberment," Wendell Berry"Exit Zero," Marie-Helene Bertino"Cigarettes," Sam Savage"Temples," Adrienne Celt"Safety," Lydia Fitzpatrick"Bounty," Diane Cook"A Single Deliberate Thing," Zebbie Watson"The Crabapple Tree," Robert Coover"Winter 1965," Frederic Tuten "They Were Awake," Rebecca Evanhoe"Slumming," Ottessa Moshfegh "Happiness," Ron CarlsonThe Jurors on Their Favorites: Molly Antopol, Peter Cameron, Lionel ShriverThe Writers on Their WorkPublications SubmittedFor author interviews, photos, and more, go to

A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women

Amy L. Clark - 2008
    The four chapbooks collected in A PECULIAR FEELING OF RESTLESSNESS, three of them finalists and one of them the winner of the Rose Metal Press first annual short short chapbook contest, all revel in the succinctness of their form, the underlying tension anchored beneath each story of 1,000 words or less. These stories are peculiar; they resonate with restlessness. They are deft, they are gritty, and they are lyrical. Laughter, Applause. Laughter, Music, Applause by Kathy Fish, Wanting by Amy L. Clark, Sixteen Miles Outside of Phoenix by Elizabeth Ellen, and The Sky Is a Well by Claudia Smith combine four multi-layered portrayals of beautiful uneasiness into a collection rich with wit, grace, and originality.

The Paris Review Book of People with Problems

The Paris Review - 2005
    Throughout these pages you will find men plagued with guilt, women burdened by history, scientists bound by passion, mothers fogged with delusion, and lovers vexed with jealousy. In the theme that encompasses every life, no protagonist--or reader!--is exempt.Among those to appear: - Annie Proulx- Andre Dubus- Norman Rush- Charles Baxter- Wells Tower- Julie Orringer- Elizabeth Gilbert- Ben Okri- Rick Bass

The Best American Short Stories 1997

Annie Proulx - 1997
    This year, E. Annie Proulx's selection includes dazzling stories by Tobias Wolff, Donald Hall, Cynthia Ozick, Robert Stone, Junot Diaz, and T. C. Boyle as well as an array of stunning new talent. In her introduction, Proulx writes that beyond their strength and vigor, these stories achieve "a certain intangible feel for the depth of human experience, not uncommonly expressed through a kind of dry humor." As ever, this year's volume surprises and rewards.100 Distinguished Stories Citations, including How to Have Heart Disease (Without Really Trying), Jane Eaton Hamilton

The Best American Short Stories 2006

Ann Patchett - 2006
    In “The View from Castle Rock,” the short story master Alice Munro imagines a fictional account of her Scottish ancestors’ emigration to Canada in 1818. Nathan Englander’s cast of young characters in “How We Avenged the Blums” confronts a bully dubbed “The Anti-Semite” to both comic and tragic ends. In “Refresh, Refresh,” Benjamin Percy gives a forceful, heart-wrenching look at a young man’s choices when his father -- along with most of the men in his small town -- is deployed to Iraq. Yiyun Li’s “After a Life” reveals secrets, hidden shame, and cultural change in modern China. And in “Tatooizm,” Kevin Moffett weaves a story full of humor and humanity about a young couple’s relationship that has run its course.Ann Patchett “brought unprecedented enthusiasm and judiciousness [to The Best American Short Stories 2006],” writes Katrina Kenison in her foreword, “and she is, surely, every story writer’s ideal reader, eager to love, slow to fault, exquisitely attentive to the text and all that lies beneath it.”

مرگ و چند داستان دیگر

Romain Gary - 2014
    Beneath her icy core lay a desperate desire to love, she would use anyone to find it.

Short Stories from the Nineteenth Century

David Stuart Davies - 2000
    These are tales from the golden age of the great storytellers presenting evocative snapshots from that bygone era while at the same time providing engaging entertainment and stimulation for the modern reader.All emotions are catered for in the offerings by Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, H.G.Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, Mrs Gaskell, O Henry, Anthony Trollope, Thomas Hardy, Wilike Collins, Guy de Maupassant, Anton Chekhov, Charlotte Perkins Gillman and Charles Lamb. Through their words the rich pageant of yesterday springs to vibrant life. Each story has its own introduction and there is a set of informative notes. This volume is ideal reading for the student as well as those who relish a good tale well told.

Bin Laden's Bald Spot: Other Stories

Brian Doyle - 2011
    Swirling voices and skeins of story, laughter and rage, ferocious attention to detail and sweeping nuttiness, tears and chortling—these stories will remind readers of the late giant David Foster Wallace, in their straightforward accounts of anything-but-straightforward events; of modern short story pioneer Raymond Carver, a bit, in their blunt, unadorned dialogue; and of Julia Whitty, a bit, in their willingness to believe what is happening, even if it absolutely shouldn’t be. Funny, piercing, unique, memorable, this is a collection of stories readers will find nearly impossible to forget:... The barber who shaves the heads of the thugs in Bin Laden’s cave tells cheerful stories of life with the preening video-obsessed leader, who has a bald spot shaped just like Iceland.... A husband gathers all of his wife’s previous boyfriends for a long day on a winery-touring bus.... A teenage boy drives off into the sunset with his troubled sister’s small daughters…and the loser husband locked in the trunk of the car.... The late Joseph Kennedy pours out his heart to a golf-course bartender moments before the stroke that silenced him forever.… A man digging in his garden finds a brand-new baby boy, still alive, and has a chat with the teenage neighbor girl whose son it is.... A man born on a Greyhound bus eventually buys the entire Greyhound Bus Company and revolutionizes Western civilization.... A mountainous bishop dies and the counting of the various keys to his house turns… tense.... A man discovers his wife having an affair, takes up running to grapple with his emotions, and discovers everyone else on the road is a cuckold too.And many others.

The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea

Christopher Meeks - 2005
    In one narrative, a man wakes up one morning to find the odor of dead fish won't go away, but no one else can smell it. In another, a couple's visit with friends to watch the Academy Awards has the protagonist envying his friends' lawn and lifestyle. In these and eleven other stories, Christopher Meeks balances tragedy and wit. As novelist David Scott Milton explains, "In this collection, Christopher Meeks examines the small heartbreaks of quiet despair that are so much a part of all our lives. He does it in language that is resonant, poetic, and precise.... If you like Raymond Carver, you'll love Meeks. He may be as good--or better."

The Unmapped Country: Stories and Fragments

Ann Quin - 2018
    The stories cut an alternative path across innovative twentieth-century writing, bridging the world of Virginia Woolf and Anna Kavan with that of Kathy Acker and Chris Kraus.Ann Quin (b. 1936, Brighton) was a British writer. Prior to her death in 1973, she lived between Brighton, London, and the US, publishing four novels: Berg (1964), Three (1966), Passages (1969), and Tripticks (1972).