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Short stories

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The Short Stories of Frank Yerby

The Short Stories of Frank Yerby

Author: Veronica T. Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2020

Frank Yerby's first novel, The Foxes of Harrow, established him as a writer and launched a forty-nine-year career in which he published thirty-three novels. He also became the first African American writer to sell more than a million copies of his work and to have a book adapted into a movie by a Hollywood studio. He garnered legions of loyal fans of his writing. Yet, few know that Yerby began his writing career with the publication of a short story in his school newspaper in 1936, the first of nine stories he would publish in the 1930s and '40s. Most stories appeared in small journals and magazines and were largely forgotten once he started writing novels.This groundbreaking collection gives readers access to an intriguingly diverse selection of Yerby's short fiction. The stories collected here, eleven of which have never previously been published, paint a picture of Yerby as an intellectual who thought deeply about several philosophical questions at the center of understanding what it means to be human. The stories also reveal him as an artist committed to exploring a range of human drives, longings, conflicts, and passions, from the quirky to the serious, and in a variety of writing styles. With an attention to historical detail, voice, and character that he became known for, these stories give us new insights into this important African American writer who dared to believe he could earn a living as a writer.

The End of Me

The End of Me

Author: John Gould Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2020

56 very short stories about death by Giller Prize finalist John GouldThe End of Me is an astonishing set of sudden stories that explores the experience of mortality. With an ear attuned to the uncanny and the ironic, John Gould catches his characters at moments of illumination as they encounter the dark mystery of their finite being. A marooned astronaut bonds with a bereft cat; kids get caught pelting a funeral procession with plums; a woman's dreams swarm with victims of the new age of extinction; a young girl ponders the brief brutality of her last life, and braces herself for the next one. Rife with invention, with fresh ideas and arresting voices, this collection of flash fiction - funny, sad, absurd - draws from the imponderable a great compassion and vitality.

Flappers and Philosophers

Flappers and Philosophers

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kirk (Professor and Chair of English at Troy University, Alabama) Curnutt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2020

'Lie to me by the moonlight. Do a fabulous story.' F. Scott Fitzgerald's first story collection, Flappers and Philosophers, appeared in 1920 on the heels of his debut novel, This Side of Paradise, and immediately established him as a master of popular fiction. Love stories such as 'The Offshore Pirate' and 'Head and Shoulders' capture the spectacle and fantasy of the Jazz Age, celebrating that modern icon of feminine self-possession, the flapper, while comedies of manner like 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair' and 'The Ice Palace' showcase Fitzgerald's eye for humour. In addition to these four classic tales, which first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post , this edition highlights the author's proficiency with other crowd-pleasing story types: from Gothic fiction ('The Cut-Glass Bowl') to didactic moral stories ('The Four Fists'), from satire ('Dalyrimple Goes Wrong') to spiritual quests ('Benediction'), Fitzgerald tried his hand at many genres--and succeeded at all.

Alligator and Other Stories

Alligator and Other Stories

Author: Dima Alzayat Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

In Alligator and Other Stories, Dima Alzayat captures luminously the many ways of feeling displaced: as a Syrian, as an Arab, as an immigrant, as a woman. Often told through the lens everyday scenarios, her stories are rich, relatable, and full of nuance. Each story is a snapshot of those moments when unusual circumstances suddenly distinguish us from our neighbours, throw into relief the fact that we are 'other'. There are 'dangerous' women transgressing in 'Daughters of Manat', and 'A Girl in Three Acts'; In 'Only Those Who Struggle Succeed' a young woman will let nothing stand in the way of career success, only to discover the boulder that others have placed in her path; in 'Ghusl', a young woman carefully washes her brother's body as she prepares him for burial and looks back on their childhood together; 'Disappearance' loosens the boundaries of diaspora or immigrant stories, and features protagonists whose ethnicity is neither central nor vital; and 'Alligator', the centrepiece that connects the thematic threads running throughout this book, is an incredible work: a compilation of first-person accounts, newspaper clippings, letters, real and fictionalized historical and legal documents, scripts and social-media posts, which tell the story of a Syrian-American couple killed by their town's police department and a vigilante lynch mob. Each of these stories is startling and real, but delivers an emotional punch that lingers long after reading.

Resist Stories of Uprising

Resist Stories of Uprising

Author: Ra Page Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2020

Grand Union

Grand Union

Author: Zadie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2020

The first ever collection of stories from the bestselling and beloved author of Swing Time and White Teeth 'Zadie Smith is the best writer of our generation' Gary Shteyngart 'Her dialogue is pitch-perfect, her comic timing masterful... [And] she also delivers a sophisticated commentary on race, gender, class, celebrity and power' Telegraph on Swing Time 'Smith is virtuosic, as ever, on family and friendship, and her ability to write about large-scale social injustice without losing her neutral novelist's gaze is breathtaking' Times Literary Supplement on Swing Time In the summer of 1959, an Antiguan immigrant in north west London lives the last day of his life, unknowingly caught in someone else's story of hate and division, resistance and revolt. A mother looks back on her early forays into matters of the human heart - and other parts of the human body - considering the ways in which desire is always an act of negotiation, destruction, and self-invention. A disgraced cop stands amid the broken shards of his life, unable to move forward into a future that holds no place for him. Moral panic spreads like contagion through the upper echelons of New York City - and the cancelled people look disconcertingly like the rest of us. A teenage scion of the technocratic elite chases spectres through a premium virtual reality, trailed by a little girl with a runny nose and no surviving family. We all take a much-needed break from this mess, on a package holiday where the pool's electric blue is ceaselessly replenished, while political and environmental collapse happen far away, to someone else. Interleaving ten completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, Zadie Smith presents a dizzyingly rich and varied collection of fiction. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, Grand Union is a sharply alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us.

Stories, Poems and Meditations

Stories, Poems and Meditations

Author: Karl Koenig Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/05/2020

Alongside his work with the Camphill movement, Karl Koenig was a prolific writer of stories, poems and meditative verses. This book contains: -- A selection of his creative work -- Verses for specific occasions -- Twenty-four poems -- Four stories for children -- Ten other short stories, including `Also a Christmas Story' An extensive introductory essay explores the cultural environments in which Koenig was writing -- including Vienna in the early twentieth century, and the challenging times leading up to the Second World War -- and discusses the creative development of his literary work.

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth

A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth

Author: Daniel Mason Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2020

From the bestselling, award-winning author of The Winter Soldier and The Piano Tuner comes a collection of interlacing tales of men and women as they face the mysteries and magic of the world. On a fated flight, a balloonist makes a discovery that changes her life forever. A telegraph operator finds an unexpected companion in the middle of the Amazon. A doctor is beset by seizures, in which he is possessed by a second, perhaps better, version of himself. And in Regency London, a bare-knuckle fighter prepares to face his most fearsome opponent, while a young mother seeks a miraculous cure for her ailing son. At times funny and irreverent, always moving, these stories cap a fifteen-year project that has won both a National Magazine Award and Pushcart Prize. From the Nile's depths to the highest reaches of the atmosphere, from volcano-wracked islands to an asylum on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, these are lives of ecstasy and epiphany.

Settling the World Selected Stories 1969-2019

Settling the World Selected Stories 1969-2019

Author: M. John Harrison, Jennifer Hodgson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2020

Vetaal and Vikram Riddles of the Undead

Vetaal and Vikram Riddles of the Undead

Author: Gayathri Prabhu Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2020

Manchester Happened

Manchester Happened

Author: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

SHORTLISTED FOR THE HEARST BIG BOOK AWARDS 2019 AN AMBITIOUS AND ASSURED COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF KINTU If there's one thing the characters in Jennifer Makumbi's stories know, it's how to field an uncomfortable question. 'Let me buy you a cup of tea...what are you doing in England?' 'Do these children of yours speak any Luganda?' 'Did you know that man Idi Amin?' But perhaps the most difficult question of all is the one they ask themselves: 'You mean this is England?' Told with empathy, humour and compassion, these vibrant, kaleidoscopic stories re-imagine the journey of Ugandans who choose to make England their home. Weaving between Manchester and Kampala, this dazzling collection will captivate anyone who has ever wondered what it means to truly belong.

Being Various New Irish Short Stories

Being Various New Irish Short Stories

Author: Various Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

Following her own brilliant short story collection Multitudes, Lucy Caldwell guest edits the sixth volume of Faber's long running series of new Irish short stories, continuing the great work started by the late David Marcus and subsequent guest editors Kevin Barry, Deirdre Madden and Joseph O'Connor. Contributors to this richly diverse collection include: Kevin Barry, Eimear McBride, Lisa McInerney, Stuart Neville, Sally Rooney, Kit de Waal and Belinda McKeon 'BEING VARIOUS has a brilliant array of writers making waves in the twenty-first century, from lauded names to newcomers ranging from their twenties to their sixties; Irish by birth, by parentage, or residence.' Lucy Caldwell