• What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us
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    What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us Laura van den Berg

    The stories in Laura van den Berg’s rich and inventive debut illuminate the intersection of the mythic and the mundane: A failed actress takes a job as a Bigfoot impersonator. A botanist seeking a rare flower crosses… More

  • Shopping for a Better Country
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    Shopping for a Better Country Josip Novakovich

    A collection of narrative essays on family, history, and travel from Croation American Josip Novakovich, a Whiting Writers’ Award winner and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Having left his homeland … More

  • The Public Burning
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    The Public Burning Robert Coover

    A controversial best-seller in 1977, The Public Burning has since emerged as one of the most influential novels of our time. The first major work of contemporary fiction ever to use living historical figures as characters,… More

  • A Tendency to be Gone
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    A Tendency to be Gone Pamela Ryder

    Pamela Ryder’s stories transport us into realms as varied as the language that tells these tales. With sentences that are plain and precise, or lush and illuminating, we journey through a topography of the heart.… More

  • Pacazo
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    Pacazo Roy Kesey

    Roy Kesey’s riveting debut novel tells the story of John Segovia, an American historian who teaches English at a small university in Piura, on the desert coast of Peru. The narrative moves between John’s… More

  • All Over
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    All Over Roy Kesey

    The debut story collection from Kesey includes nineteen stories previously published in literary journals such as Ninth Letter, McSweeney’s, and The Kenyon Review. The story “Wait” was included… More

  • The Room Lit by Roses
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    The Room Lit by Roses Carole Maso

    From one of our most daring writers comes this intimate and seductive book: a working journal of pregnancy that was both a Lambda Literary Awards finalist and a Village Voice pick for Best Books of 2000. Maso chronicles… More

  • Break Every Rule
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    Break Every Rule Carole Maso

    In this groundbreaking work of ecstatic criticism, Carole Maso shows why she has risen, over the past fifteen years, as one of the brightest stars in the literary firmament. Ever refusing to be marginalized or categorized… More

  • An Island of Fifty
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    An Island of Fifty Ben Brooks

    “An Island of Fifty is a new literary bomb, resulting in the shrapnel of gold, ships, ocean, chandeliers, dreams, blood, and flame. Old and stale literature won’t know what just hit. This is something new… More

  • Friends
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    Friends Stephen Dixon

    In the ten stories that comprise Friends, Dixon writes with his unusual flair, wit, and gentle irony. Through Will and Magna, characters he first introduced in his first collection Time To Go, Dixon offers many insights… More

  • Men Under Water
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    Men Under Water Ralph Lombreglia

    “In his first collection of stories, Ralph Lombreglia writes about being young and unsettled, about trying to connect and not always making it–or succeeding in startling ways. A powerful first collection.”–The… More

  • Quintet
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    Quintet David Blum

    Quintet presents compelling portraits of five artists known and loved by aficionados of classical music: the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the conductor Jeffrey Tate, the violinist Josef Gingold, the pianist Richard Goode, … More

  • What to Read (and Not)
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    What to Read (and Not) Tom LeClair

    These essays and reviews are mostly about literary fiction published in the last ten years and are written from the perspective of a fan of the McElroy/Coover/DeLillo axis or, more recently, the Powers/Vollmann/Wallace… More

  • The Backslider
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    The Backslider Sean McGrady

    The setting is Belfast in the 1970s. In a city in which any storefront might unexpectedly explode, Marius Moonston, age 16, is out shopping. It’s Saturday, and the streets are filled with danger and excitement—especially… More

  • Cookie Lily
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    Cookie Lily Mary Troy

    Cookie Lily is a gathering of nine stories and one novella, mostly set in Hawaii, in which women confront yearnings and ambitions, a material culture and their own looks, and the disparity between what should be and what… More

  • House of Days
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    House of Days Jay Parini

    In House of Days, his fourth collection of poems, Jay Parini moves beyond his earlier work to address the environmental and spiritual crises that afflict us in the late twentieth century. The book moves from “Nature… More