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The View From the Seventh Layer

Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38776-9 (0-307-38776-3)

Peering into the often unnoticed corners of life, Kevin Brockmeier has been consistently praised for the originality of his vision, the boundlessness of his imagination and the command of his craft. Once again, in this new collection of fiction, Brockmeier shows us a fantastical world that is intimately familiar but somehow... Read more >

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Stories in an Almost Classical Mode

Written by Harold Brodkey


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72431-5 (0-679-72431-1)

"For some years now, Harold Brodkey has been making one of the great brave journeys of American literature."--Don DeLillo

"[Brodkey is] unparalleled in American fiction since the death of William Faulkner."--Harold Bloom

"For years writers and critics not ordinarily given to breathless adoration [have] compared Brodkey to Freud, Wordsworth and Whitman."--William McPherson, The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nice Big American Baby

Written by Judy Budnitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72686-6 (0-375-72686-1)

A blazingly original, profoundly moving new work of fiction by a writer whose world—and imagination—knows no boundaries. “I don’t know what planet Judy Budnitz comes from,” said Newsweek on the publication of her fiction debut, Flying Leap, “but I’m happy to have her. Tremendous . . . funny, dark, adventurous, slanted... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bloodchild and Other Stories

Written by Octavia E. Butler


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-698-8 (1-58322-698-2)

A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes “Bloodchild,” winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and “Speech Sounds,” winner of the Hugo Award. Appearing in print for the first time, “Amnesty” is a story of a woman... Read more >

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The Palace Thief
Stories
Written by Ethan Canin


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7617-5 (0-8129-7617-7)

“Extraordinary for its craft and emotional effect . . . [Ethan Canin is] a writer of enormous talent and charm.”
The Washington Post

“Character is destiny,” wrote Heraclitus–and in this collection of four unforgettable stories, we meet people struggling to understand themselves and the unexpected turns their lives have taken.

In “Accountant,” a quintessential... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Honeymoon
And Other Stories
Written by Kevin Canty


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70800-8 (0-375-70800-6)

The characters in Kevin Canty’s new collection are people we all know. People who are perhaps ourselves, searching, often in the wrong places, for something meaningful, or real, or at least, for a moment, right. Here are couples like Vincent and Laurie, who after beginning an ill-timed relationship, escape for a... Read more >

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A Stranger in This World
Stories
Written by Kevin Canty


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76394-9 (0-679-76394-5)

In the tradition of the works of Raymond Carver and Richard Ford, this fiction debut shines with verbal brilliance. Disturbing yet compellingly readable, the stories in this collection explore the gap between disappointment and hope, between life as it could be and life as it is. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Where the Money Went

Written by Kevin Canty


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38921-3 (0-307-38921-9)

In these nine surprising stories about love and the desertion of love, a father contemplates his bank balance amid receipts for ski vacations; a real-estate agent tries to sell a house while his small son bites other children; and a widower, resigned to television for company, discovers the pleasures of life... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's
A Short Novel and Three Stories
Written by Truman Capote


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 13, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-60085-5 (0-679-60085-X)

Contains:

Breakfast at Tiffany's
House of Flowers
A Diamond Guitar
A Christmas Memory Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 1993
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74565-5 (0-679-74565-3)

This volume includes three of Capote's best-known stories, "House of Flowers, " "A Diamond Guitar, " and "A Christmas Memory, " in addition to his bestselling novel, Breakfast at Tiffany, the popular story of Holly Golightly--"a cross between Lolita and Auntie Mame" (Time). Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Christmas Memory

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 12, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-60237-8 (0-679-60237-2)

Available for the first time in a single volume are the three holiday stories that Truman Capote regarded as among his greatest works of short fiction. Two of these childhood memoirs--"A Christmas Memory" and "The Thanksgiving Visitor"-- center on the author's early years with a family of distant relatives in rural... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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American Eyes
New Asian-American Short Stories for Young Adults
Written by Lori Carlson


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: December 30, 1995
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-449-70448-6 (0-449-70448-3)

In this unique collection of touching and heartfelt short stories, ten young Asian-American writers re-create the conflicts that all young people feel living in two distinct worlds -- one of memories and traditions, and one of today. Whether it includes dreams of gossiping with the prettiest blond girl in class, not... Read more >

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Cathedral

Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72369-1 (0-679-72369-2)

"A dozen stories that overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life...Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty...his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"Cathedral contains... Read more >

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Fires
Essays, Poems, Stories
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72239-7 (0-679-72239-4)

More than sixty stories, poems, and essays are included in this wide-ranging collection by the gifted and versatile Raymond Carver.

Essays include:
My Father's Life
On Writing
Fires
John Gardner: The Writer as Teacher

Poems include:
Drinking While Driving
Luck
Distress Sale
Bankruptcy
Alcohol
Looking For Work
You Don't Know What Love Is

Stories include:
Distance
The Lie
The Cabin
Harry's Death
The Pheasant
Where Is Everyone?
So Much Water So... Read more >

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Short Cuts
Selected Stories
Written by Raymond Carver
Introduction by Robert Altman


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 14, 1993
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74864-9 (0-679-74864-4)

The nine stories and one poem collected in this volume form the basis for an astonishingly original new film of the same title, directed by Robert Altman. These now-classic stories, when read together, form a searing and indelible portrait of American innocence and loss. With deadpan humor and enormous tenderness, Short... Read more >

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Stories
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72305-9 (0-679-72305-6)

In his second collection of stories, as in his first, Carver's characters are peripheral people--people without education, insight or prospects, people too unimaginative to even give up. Carver celebrates these men and women. Read more >

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Where I'm Calling From
Selected Stories
Written by Raymond Carver


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72231-1 (0-679-72231-9)

A major collection of Carver's short stories, including seven new stories written shortly before the author's death in 1988. Read more >

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Testimony and Demeanor

Written by John Casey


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 13, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71930-1 (0-375-71930-X)

A young intellectual is called into active duty and receives a rude awakening to the realities of military service. An Ivy League graduate is pressed casually into Intelligence work and encounters himself mirrored in his new-found friend—a Russian spy. An arrogant professor finds himself unable to resist the unschooled energy of... Read more >

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Collected Stories

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73648-6 (0-679-73648-4)

In these nineteen stories Cather examines the plight of people hungry for beauty in a country that has no room for it; the mysterious arc of human lives; the ways in which the American frontier transformed the strangers who came to it, turning them imperceptibly into Americans. In these fictions, Cather... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rumble, Young Man, Rumble

Written by Benjamin Cavell


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3035-4 (1-4000-3035-8)

Rumble, Young Man, Rumble opens in a sporting goods store, owned and operated by the members of an amateur paintball team. Logan Bryant, its self-professed star—as politically incorrect as he is knowledgeable about athletic equipment and barbecue grills—guides us through this world of barbells, guns and protein supplements. And by the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories

Edited by Michael Chabon


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 16, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7874-5 (1-4000-7874-1)

Michael Chabon is back with a brand-new collection that reinvigorates the stay-up-all-night, edge-of-the seat, fingernail-biting, page-turning tradition of literary short stories, featuring Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Peter Straub, David Mitchell, Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Roddy Doyle, and more! Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Collected Stories

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Hardcover, 1336 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41500-5 (0-375-41500-9)

For the first time in one book—all of Raymond Chandler's short fiction, including stories long out of print. With an introduction by John Bayley.

Twenty-five stories in all, long and short, remind us again why Chandler's characters are among the most alluring and imitated in twentieth-century fiction.


“[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt... Read more >

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The Simple Art of Murder

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75765-0 (0-394-75765-3)

The Simple Art of Murder contains Chandler's essay on the art of detective stories and a collection of eight classic Chandler  mysteries.  This is the best of Chandler's pulp stories--plus his notorious attack on Britain's "Golden Age"                       eminences. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fitting Ends

Written by Dan Chaon


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 1, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44909-2 (0-345-44909-6)

Fitting Ends is the first collection of fiction by the acclaimed author of the National Book Award finalist Among the Missing and now appears in this newly revised edition with two never before collected stories.

Written before Among the Missing and originally published by Northwestern University Press, Fitting Ends features thirteen stories... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stay Awake
Stories
Written by Dan Chaon


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-53038-7 (0-345-53038-1)

“Eerily beautiful . . . [Chaon] is the modern day John Cheever.”—Boston Sunday Globe

“Powerful and disturbing . . . The shocks in this collection are many.”—The Washington Pos
t

These haunting, suspenseful stories by acclaimed author Dan Chaon feature scattered families, unfulfilled dreamers, anxious souls—lost, fragile, searching characters who wander between ordinary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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