Tag: short stories

Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment

Added on October 5, 2016

Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment James P. Reynolds Crack the Spine Literary Journal, U.S.A. August 2012 Inner Voices, Outer Lives, New York, 2014 Having so far written over 300 posts about other people’s fiction, I am now going to showcase a little of my own.  Life Shrinkage, one of my flash fiction stories, [...]

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McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern # 7

Added on June 30, 2016

McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern # 7 Michael Chabon, Various Contributors McSweeney’s, U.S.A. 2001 This edition of McSweeney’s Quarterly contains nine booklets with original stories by Kevin Brockmeier, Michael Chabon (Further Adventures of Kavalier and Clay), Ann Cummins, Courtney Eldridge, A.M. Homes, Heidi Julavits, J.T. Leroy, Allan Seager, William T. Vollmann and Chris Ware. Kevin Brockmeier’s story [...]

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The Insufferable Gaucho

Added on February 25, 2015

The Insufferable Gaucho Roberto Bolano New Directions, New York, 2010 Scholars will be studying Bolano’s work far into the future — it is that revolutionary. Jim, the first story from this collection, at a mere two and a half pages, is transcendent. The essay Illness + Literature = Illness gives readers an insight into how [...]

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You Are Not a Stranger Here

Added on February 14, 2015

You Are Not a Stranger Here Adam Haslett Nan A. Talese, U.S.A. 2002 This awesome collection of nine short stories by Yale law student Adam Haslett was a 2002 finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Check the copyright page to see in which magazines some of these stories were first [...]

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Down at the Dinghy

Added on April 28, 2014

Down at the Dinghy J.D. Salinger Bantam, New York, 1953 Down at the Dinghy first came out in Harper’s magazine in April, 1949. Copies of this magazine are hard to find, much harder than any of Salinger’s New Yorker stories, but there is one for sale on-line today in fair condition for $325. Harper’s magazines [...]

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Ocean of Words

Added on April 4, 2013

Ocean of Words Ha Jin Vintage International, New York, 1998 Ocean of Words was originally published in 1996 by the American company Zoland Press. The true first edition is the Zoland paperback original. They did put out a hardcover edition, but only after the collection of short stories won the 1997 Pen/Hemingway Award. Many people [...]

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The Empty Family

Added on October 6, 2012

The Empty Family Colm Toibin Penguin, London, 2011 The Empty Family, Toibin’s latest collection of short stories, won the Lambda Literary Award for best gay fiction. It was an Amazon Book of the Month and was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short story Award. It garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and [...]

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Nine Stories

Added on September 29, 2012

Nine Stories J.D. Salinger Signet, U.S.A. 1954 Here is the first paperback edition of Salinger’s brilliant and timeless Nine Stories, arguably his most popular book after The Catcher in the Rye. The Little, Brown and Company hardcover is true first edition of this collection. It was published in 1953 and first printings are very rare [...]

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J.D. Salinger

Added on July 18, 2012

J.D. Salinger J.D. Salinger Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1982 This is a rare pirated collection of all of Salinger’s stories that were published in book format, except The Catcher in the Rye. Progress Publishing of Moscow produced this book for Russian English literature classes. It is written in English, with a Russian introduction and a glossary [...]

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Christmas Stories

Added on May 16, 2012

Christmas Stories Charles Dickens Thomas Nelson, London, 1906 This book is part of a complete set of Dickens works which were put out between 1898 and 1913. They are beautifully bound in soft burgundy leather. Each book has an engraving of a scene from the story protected by a leaf of tissue. They also have [...]

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