In this fabulous tale, a man agonizes about class privilege and racism, the crown jewel of John Cheever’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection The Stories of John Cheever, confessing to the knowledge of a terrible crime and exposing a quiet American family’s darkest secrets. An ebook short.
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An ebook short. . Stone mattress, grotesque, ” from her collection of the same name is witty, and utterly hilarious—an exemplar of Atwood’s tremendous capacity for capturing our darkest impulses on the page. Verna, aging widow, boards a cruise ship bound for the Arctic in search of her next husband.
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Here are sixty-one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called "the greatest generation. From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in "the enormous Radio" to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in "The Housebreaker of Shady Hill" and "The Swimmer, " Cheever tells us everything we need to know about "the pain and sweetness of life.
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You may treat these few pages as a confession. ”. You’d never heard of me, the once obscure novelist Parker Sparrow, until my name was publicly connected with his. I don’t deny there was wrongdoing. A jewel of a short story from the author of Atonement and Nutshell—“My Purple Scented Novel” follows the perfect crime of literary betrayal, scrupulously wrought yet unscrupulously executed.
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Caught in an impossible predicament, Orlean plunges into an underworld populated by shady denizens. A vintage shorts “short story month” Selection Young journalism student Felix Orlean is in over his head. Against his better judgment, he is temporarily under the employ of the mad yet charismatic anarchist detective Archibald Lawless, a witness to murder, and under investigation for the theft of millions of dollars in red diamonds.
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What we talk about when we talk about love” is included here with its unedited version, ” which was originally submitted to Carver’s editor, “Beginners, Gordon Lish.
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Why is she able to take people’s pain away sometimes, and not others, not when she needs to most of all? With the balm of time, and the wisdom of experience, Susanna must learn to live with the mysterious nature of her miracle. Susanna has an incredible gift: she can heal ailments with just the touch of her hand.
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A vintage shorts “short story month” selection colonel Norwood is the despotic owner of Big House Plantation, where he lives alone but for the occasional company of his black mistress, Coralee Lewis. The staggering final story in the collection The Ways of White Folks.
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The refugee” is the magisterial, penultimate story from Gallatin Canyon by Thomas McGuane, called the “Flannery O’Connor of the New West. An ebook Short.
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From one of the most controversial novelists of the last century, smashing together cultures and worlds, “The Prophet’s Hair” vibrates with fantastical promise, fantasy with reality, world-renowned master of invention and allusion Salman Rushdie, into breathless and lush allegorical fable.