American Innovations: Stories

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Just as wallace stevens's "anecdote of the jar" responds to john keats's "ode on a grecian urn, " Galchen's "The Lost Order" covertly recapitulates James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, " while "The Region of Unlikeness" is a smoky and playful mirror to Jorge Luis Borges's "The Aleph. The title story, "american Innovations, " revisits Nikolai Gogol's "The Nose.

By turns realistic, and lyrical, witty, fantastical, these marvelously uneasy stories are deeply emotional and written in exuberant, pitch-perfect prose. A brilliant new collection of short stories from the "conspicuously talented" time rivka galchenwinner of the danuta gleed literary award a new york times book review notable bookchosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times In one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka's Galchen's American Innovations, a young woman's furniture walks out on her.

American Innovations: Stories #ad - The tales in this groundbreaking collection are secretly in conversation with canonical stories, reimagined from the perspective of female characters. In a third, the petty details of a property transaction illuminate the complicated pains and loves of a family. Whether exploring the tensions in a mother-daughter relationship or the finer points of time travel, Galchen is a writer like none other today.

In another, the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her.

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How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life

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Henry Holt and Co. #ad - Chosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times "Funny. Odd, original, and nearly unclassifiable. Unlike any novel I can think of. David haglund, the new york Times Book Review"Brutally honest and stylistically inventive, cerebral, and sexy.

San francisco chroniclenamed a book of the year by the new york times book review, a twentysomething playwright, the new republic, The Huffington PostA raw, Salon, genre-defying novel of friendship, and love in the new millennium—a compulsive read that's like "spending a day with your new best friend" BookforumReeling from a failed marriage, The New York Observer, San Francisco Chronicle, Flavorpill, Sheila, The New Yorker, sex, startling, finds herself unsure of how to live and create.

How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life #ad - It's a totally shameless and dynamic exploration into the way we live now, which breathes fresh wisdom into the eternal questions: What is the sincerest way to love? What kind of person should you be? When margaux, enter her life, her new lover, a sexy and depraved artist, and herself, a talented painter and free spirit, Sheila hopes that through close—sometimes too close—observation of her new friend, and Israel, she might regain her footing in art and life.

Using transcribed conversations, the brilliant and always innovative Sheila Heti crafts a work that is part literary novel, part self-help manual, plus heavy doses of fiction, real emails, and part bawdy confessional.

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Mislaid: A Novel

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Ecco #ad - As peggy and lee’s children grow up, they must contend with diverse emotional issues: Byrdie deals with his father’s compulsive honesty; while Karen struggles with her mother’s lies—she knows neither her real age, nor that she is “white, ” nor that she has any other family. Years later, a minority scholarship lands Karen at the University of Virginia, where Byrdie is in his senior year.

. The two are mismatched from the start—she’s a lesbian, he’s gay—but it takes a decade of emotional erosion before Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind. Worried that lee will have her committed for her erratic behavior, Peggy goes underground, adopting an African American persona for her and her daughter.

Eventually the long lost siblings will meet, setting off a series of misunderstandings and culminating in a comedic finale worthy of Shakespeare. Longlisted for the 2015 national book awarda sharply observed, and startlingly original novel from an exciting, mordantly funny, unconventional new voice—the author of the acclaimed The Wallcreeper—about the making and unmaking of the American family that lays bare all of our assumptions about race and racism, sexuality and desire.

Mislaid: A Novel #ad - Stillwater college in Virginia, 1966. They squat in a house in an African-American settlement, eventually moving to a housing project where no one questions their true racial identities. Freshman peggy, a blue-blooded poet and professor, falls under the spell of Lee, an ingénue with literary pretensions, and they begin an ill-advised affair that results in an unplanned pregnancy and marriage.

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Some Trick: Thirteen Stories

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New Directions #ad - Npr best book of the yearnew york public library's best books for adultsat last a new book: a baker’s dozen of stories all with Helen DeWitt’s razor-sharp geniusFor sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most yonder dimensions of possibility.

The circumstances seem to attenuate. In various ways, each tale carries dewitt’s signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly “taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, to ratiocination.

Some Trick: Thirteen Stories #ad - ”. Look, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, and Rube Goldberg-like moving parts, ” a character begins to explain, even if facing a world of boomeranging counterfactuals, where things prove “more complicated than they had first appeared” and “at 3 a.

M. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, the travails of publishing, the art world’s piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, romance, or success.

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Asymmetry: A Novel

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Simon & Schuster #ad - The first section, a young american editor, “Folly, ” tells the story of Alice, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A time and new york times top 10 book of the year * new york times notable book and times critic’s top book of 2018 named one of the best books of 2018 by * elle * bustle * kirkus reviews * lit hub* npr * o, hailed as “extraordinary” by The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine * Shelf Awareness The bestselling and critically acclaimed debut novel by Lisa Halliday, “a brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war” by The Wall Street Journal, and “a literary phenomenon” by The New Yorker.

Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, wealth, geography, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, talent, power, fame, and justice. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda.

A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, “Folly” also suggests an aspiring novelist’s coming-of-age. By contrast, “madness” is narrated by amar, an iraqi-american man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow.

Asymmetry: A Novel #ad - Lisa halliday’s novel will captivate any reader with while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself. A stunning debut from a rising literary star, and a politically engaged work of metafiction” The New York Times Book Review, Asymmetry is “a transgressive roman a clef, a novel of ideas, and a “masterpiece” in the original sense of the word” The Atlantic.

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Dept. of Speculation Vintage Contemporaries

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Vintage #ad - From the acclaimed author of last things comes a slim, trust, faith, stunning portrait of a marriage--a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, knowledge, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all. One of the 10 best books of the year - the new york times book reviewa best book of the Year: The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vogue.

Com, buzzfeedin the beginning, Electric Literature, it was easy to imagine their future. They were young and giddy, sure of themselves and of their love for each other. In language that shimmers with rage and longing and wit, Offill has created a brilliantly suspenseful love story—a novel to read in one sitting, even as its piercing meditations linger long after the last page.

Dept. of Speculation Vintage Contemporaries #ad - Dept. When their marriage reaches a sudden breaking point, the wife tries to retrace the steps that have led them to this place, invoking everything from Kafka to the Stoics to doomed Russian cosmonauts as she analyzes what is lost and what remains. Of speculation” was their code name for all the thrilling uncertainties that lay ahead.

Then they got married, a faltering relationship, had a child and navigated the familiar calamities of family life—a colicky baby, stalled ambitions.

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Homesick for Another World: Stories

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Penguin Books #ad - There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. And for good reason. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful. Simultaneously, I’m shocked and scandalized.

But as many critics noted, Moshfegh is particularly held in awe for her short stories. Homesick for another world is the rare case where an author's short story collection is if anything more anticipated than her novel. Her characters  are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities.

Homesick for another world is a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition. But beauty comes from strange sources. A new york times book review notable book of 2017an electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time"I can’t recall the last time I laughed this hard at a book.

Homesick for Another World: Stories #ad - And the dark energy surging through these stories is powerfully invigorating. But part of the unique quality of her voice, the echt Moshfeghian experience, is the way the grotesque and the outrageous are infused with tenderness and compassion. Moshfegh is our flannery o'connor, and homesick for Another World is her Everything That Rises Must Converge or A Good Man is Hard to Find.

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Milkman: A Novel

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Graywolf Press #ad - Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, wrong religion, in a time when the wrong flag, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day. And she has been taking French night classes downtown.

Milkman: A Novel #ad - Winner of the man Booker Prize“Everything about this novel rings true. Despite middle sister’s attempts to avoid him—and to keep her mother from finding out about her maybe-boyfriend—rumors spread and the threat of violence lingers. Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique. The guardianin an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons.

She reads while walking, for one. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes “interesting, ” the last thing she ever wanted to be.

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Outline: A Novel Outline Trilogy Book 1

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Rachel cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss.

They get to talking—about their destination, their careers, their families. She meets other visiting writers for dinner and discourse. In doing so it bares the deepest impulses behind the craft of fiction writing. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives.

Outline: A Novel Outline Trilogy Book 1 #ad - Outline takes a hard look at the things that are hardest to speak about. A luminous, powerful novel that establishes Rachel Cusk as one of the finest writers in the English language A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. This is rachel cusk's finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years.

A finalist for the folio prize, glamour, the goldsmiths prize, the guardian, and the baileys women’s prize for fictionone of The New York Times' Top Ten Books of the YearNamed a A New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, Vogue, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Independent, NPR, and The Globe and Mail .

The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, regrets, pet theories, anxieties, and longings.

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Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories

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Ecco #ad - A much-anticipated collection of brilliantly observant short stories from one of the great American masters of the form. At times raucously hilarious, parents, deborah eisenberg’s stories gently compel us to confront the most disturbing truths about ourselves—from our intimate lives as lovers, at times as solemn and mysterious as a pond at midnight, at times charming and delightful, to our equally troubling roles as citizens on a violent, and children, terrifying planet.

Each of the six stories in your duck is My Duck, her first collection since 2006, has the heft and complexity of a novel. No one writes better about time, tragedy and grief, and the indifferent but beautiful universe around us. With her own inexorable but utterly unpredictable logic and her almost uncanny ability to conjure the strange states of mind and emotion that constitute our daily consciousness, Eisenberg pulls us as if by gossamer threads through her characters—a tormented woman whose face determines her destiny; a group of film actors shocked to read a book about their past; a privileged young man who unexpectedly falls into a love affair with a human rights worker caught up in an all-consuming quest that he doesn't understand.

Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories #ad - In eisenberg’s world, whether confronted or denied, the forces of money, and the force of history, sex, and power cannot be escaped, cannot be evaded.

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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

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Graywolf Press #ad - In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck.

And in the bravura novella “especially heinous, ” machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, a show we naïvely assumed had shown it all, and girls with bells for eyes. Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment.

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories #ad - A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. Finalist for the national book Award for Fiction“These stories vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange. Roxane gay“in these formally brilliant and emotionally charged tales, Machado gives literal shape to women’s memories and hunger and desire.

One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. I couldn’t put it down. Karen russellin her body and other parties, comedy and horror, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own.

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