Last Stories

Author: William Trevor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 052555811X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

Home at Last

Author: Chet Kozlowski
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1450228631
Format: PDF, ePub
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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"

Last Stories and Other Stories

Author: William T Vollmann
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698135482
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Supernaturally tinged stories from William T. Vollmann, author of the National Book Award winner Europe Central In this magnificent new work of fiction, his first in nine years, celebrated author William T. Vollmann offers a collection of ghost stories linked by themes of love, death, and the erotic. A Bohemian farmer’s dead wife returns to him, and their love endures, but at a gruesome price. A geisha prolongs her life by turning into a cherry tree. A journalist, haunted by the half-forgotten killing of a Bosnian couple, watches their story, and his own wartime tragedy, slip away from him. A dying American romances the ghost of his high school sweetheart while a homeless salaryman in Tokyo animates paper cutouts of ancient heroes. Are ghosts memories, fantasies, or monsters? Is there life in death? Vollmann has always operated in the shadowy borderland between categories, and these eerie tales, however far-flung their settings, all focus on the attempts of the living to avoid, control, or even seduce death. Vollmann’s stories will transport readers to a fantastical world where love and lust make anything possible.

Last Notes and Other Stories

Author: Tamas Dobozy
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
ISBN: 9781559708081
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A debut collection of short fictional works includes "Tales of Hungarian Resistance," in which the children of immigrants are trapped in a cultural crossroads; "Into the Ring," a satirical reflection on the institution of marriage; and the title piece, in which a dying composer probes the connection between artistic vision and madness.

Last of the Rinkrats and Other Stories

Author: Donald A. McKellar
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 142694277X
Format: PDF
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Do you consider yourself well-versed in Canadas history? Ever heard of Domagaya, the Laurentian Iroquois who saved Jacques Cartiers expedition to the New World by teaching him the cure for scurvy? Or Charles Lennox, the Governor-General who died from the bite of a pet fox? Theres the Chief Justice of Upper Canada kept a pet alligator in his historic home, and Constable Pedley of the Mounties, who transported a sick missionary hundreds of miles through the Northern Alberta wilderness to get medical help while putting his own life at risk. Learn about the American bankers yacht, the S.S. Ramona, which faithfully served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Battle of the Atlantic and ended her days plying the South Seas as a shrimp boat. All of these were true heroes of Canada. A collection of little-known tales of heroism from Canadas history, Last of the Rinkrats and Other Stories tells twenty-three unforgettable true stories of Canadas unsung heroes and forgotten characters.

The Last Gas Station and Other Stories

Author: Tom Clark
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
ISBN: 9780876854563
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Tom Clark's collection of short fiction, The Last Gas Station, is in two contrasting parts. It opens with 23 very short prose pieces¿¿amusingly surreal California vignettes, some no longer than a page, peopled by denim-clad cowgirls, itinerant lover boys, Martin Heidegger, Boris Pasternak, Muslim college students, Vietnam vets, Ty Cobb, Ted Berrigan, and a great dinosaur poet of the Jurassic period. These are followed by the novella "Incident at Basecamp," an odd matter-of-fact account of a close encounter between a young married couple and a spindly, three-toed, mind-reading extraterrestrial somewhere deep in the Rocky Mountain wilderness.

My Very Last Possession and Other Stories

Author: Wan-sŏ Pak
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765604286
Format: PDF, ePub
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Stories from Korea. In Thus Ended My Days Watching over the House, a woman feels liberated when police take away her domineering husband on suspicion of a crime, A Certain Barbarity is on toilets as a symbol of success, and in Granny Flowers in Those Heartless Days, an older woman offers sex to American troops to save the village virgins from being deflowered.