Last Stories and Other Stories

Author: William T. Vollmann
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 014312756X
Format: PDF
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This collection of connected ghost stories from the author of Europe Central includes tales about a farmer's deceased wife who returns, a geisha who becomes a cherry tree and a man who romances the ghost of his high school girlfriend.

Free at Last

Author: Doreen Rappaport
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763614409
Format: PDF, ePub
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Describes the experiences of African Americans in the South, from the Emancipation in 1863 to the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared school segregation illegal.

Home at Last

Author: Chet Kozlowski
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1450228631
Format: PDF, Docs
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In "Home at Last," a stunning collection of short fiction, an award-winning writer shares his compelling and introspective glimpses into real life. Chet Kozlowski, a graduate of the Creative Writing M.F.A. Program at The City College of New York, offers thirteen vivid tales that illustrate the emotional challenges of ordinary characters placed in extraordinary situations. In each story, Kozlowski's characters confront their own unique dilemmas like the four-year-old boy who believes he can fly despite his parents' fears; the woman who travels far to reconnect with the child she abandoned years before; the writer who seeks salvation in a neighbor's unorthodox request; the wife who mulls secrets while studying her husband's sleeping form; and the mother who protects her children at all costs from a threat next door. In his first collection of short stories, Kozlowski exposes a group of eclectic characters while weaving an unforgettable journey through their imperfect lives. "As timely as last night's water-boarding or tomorrow morning's hurricane ... each episode explodes, creating immense but subtle drama." -Wayne Greenhaw, author of "King of Country" and "The Thunder of Angels"

Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

Author: Grace Paley
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466883987
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In Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, originally published in 1974, Grace Paley "makes the novel as a form seem virtually redundant" (Angela Carter, London Review of Books). Her stories here capture "the itch of the city, love between parents and children" and "the cutting edge of combat" (Lis Harris, The New York Times Book Review). In this collection of seventeen stories, she creates a "solid and vital fictional world, cross-referenced and dense with life" (Walter Clemons, Newsweek).

Iraq s Last Jews

Author: T. Morad
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230616232
Format: PDF
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Iraq's Last Jews is a collection of first-person accounts by Jews about their lives in Iraq's once-vibrant, 2500 year-old Jewish community and about the disappearance of that community in the middle of the 20th century. This book tells the story of this last generation of Iraqi Jews, who both reminisce about their birth country and describe the persecution that drove them out, the result of Nazi influences, growing Arab nationalism, and anger over the creation of the State of Israel.

Dori Stories

Author: Dori Seda
Publisher: Last Gasp
ISBN: 9780867193756
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This long-awaited volume includes all the published work by the legendary Dori Seda, plus Ecstacy, a story completed shortly before her tragically early death (at the age of 36), and a story originally comissioned for another anthology. Includes biographical memoirs, photos and tributes, as well as a 20-page colour section of Dori's paintings and comics. Introduction by Neil Gaiman.

First Love Last Rites

Author: Ian McEwan
Publisher: RosettaBooks
ISBN: 0795301898
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Ian McEwan’s Somerset Maugham Award-winning collection First Love, Last Rites brought him instant recognition as one of the most influential voices in literature today. Taut, brooding, and densely atmospheric, the stories here show us how murder can arise out of boredom, perversity from adolescent curiosity, and how sheer evil might be the solution to unbearable loneliness. While McEwan does not fit the “horror” genre, make no mistake the work here is as horrifying--and frankly terrifying--as anything you’ll find written by Clive Barker or Stephen King. McEwan’s work is finely crafted with a lyricism and an intensity that compels us to confront our secret kinship with what repels us.

Last Stories

Author: William Trevor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 052555811X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The beloved and acclaimed William Trevor's last ten stories With a career that spanned more than half a century, William Trevor is regarded as one of the best writers of short stories in the English language. Now, in Last Stories, the master storyteller delivers ten exquisitely rendered tales--nine of which have never been published in book form--that illuminate the human condition and will surely linger in the reader's mind long after closing the book. Subtle yet powerful, Trevor gives us insights into the lives of ordinary people. We encounter a tutor and his pupil, whose lives are thrown into turmoil when they meet again years later; a young girl who discovers the mother she believed dead is alive and well; and a piano-teacher who accepts her pupil's theft in exchange for his beautiful music. This final and special collection is a gift to lovers of literature and Trevor's many admirers, and affirms his place as one of the world's greatest storytellers.

The Reservoir Tapes

Author: Jon McGregor
Publisher: Catapult
ISBN: 193678792X
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Returning us to the extraordinary territory of Jon McGregor’s Man Booker Prize long-listed novel Reservoir 13, The Reservoir Tapes take us deep into the heart of an English village that is trying to come to terms with what has happened on its watch A teenage girl has gone missing. The whole community has been called upon to join the search. And now an interviewer arrives, intent on capturing the community’s unstable stories about life in the weeks and months before Becky Shaw vanished. Each villager has a memory to share or a secret to conceal, a connection to Becky that they are trying to make or break. A young wife pushes against the boundaries of her marriage, and another seeks a means of surviving within hers. A group of teenagers dare one another to jump into a flooded quarry, the weakest swimmer still awaiting his turn. A laborer lies trapped under rocks and dry limestone dust as his fellow workers attempt a risky rescue. And meanwhile a fractured portrait of Becky emerges at the edges of our vision—a girl swimming, climbing, and smearing dirt onto a scared boy’s face, images to be cherished and challenged as the search for her goes on.

The Last Place You d Look

Author: Carole Moore
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1442203706
Format: PDF
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Every day people go missing. Some run away, some are kidnapped, some are the victims of foul play. This book examines true stories of missing persons and their families alongside the various resources available to them.