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Lost in the Funhouse

Written by John Barth


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1988
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-24087-1 (0-385-24087-2)

Barth's lively, highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimental fiction. Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately, there are several themes common to them all, giving them new meaning in the context of this collection. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Lost in the Funhouse

Written by John Barth


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 25, 2014
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5250-1 (0-8041-5250-0)

Barth's lively, highly original collection of short pieces is a major landmark of experimental fiction.  Though many of the stories gathered here were published separately, there are several themes common to them all, giving them new meaning in the context of this collection.

Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Waveland

Written by Frederick Barthelme


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39093-6 (0-307-39093-4)

Set amidst the tatters of post-Katrina Gulf Coast Mississippi, Waveland is a brilliantly observed portrait of our times from one of the most incisive novelists at work today.

Partially retired architect Vaughn Williams does what he can to remain "viable." Battling the doldrums of midlife, he teaches an occasional class, reads... Read more >
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Hush Hush
Stories
Written by Steven Barthelme


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-159-1 (1-61219-159-2)

If you’re up $16,000 at the casino and missing dinner with the woman you love, how do you find the strength to drive away? If you give up your career and your beautiful wife and find yourself drinking vodka and fixing cars for a living, is that necessarily a step down?... Read more >
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Before, During, After

Written by Richard Bausch


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26626-2 (0-307-26626-5)

From the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Rea Award for the Short Story: a gorgeously rendered, passionate account of a relationship threatened by secrets, set against the backdrop of national tragedy.

When Natasha, a talented young artist working as... Read more >
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Peace

Written by Richard Bausch


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38858-2 (0-307-38858-1)

Italy, near Cassino, in the terrible winter of 1944. An icy rain, continuing unabated for days. Guided by a seventy-year-old Italian man in rope-soled shoes, three American soldiers are sent on a reconnaissance mission up the side of a steep hill that they discover, before very long, to be a mountain... Read more >
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The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch

Written by Richard Bausch


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 23, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64017-2 (0-679-64017-7)

Richard Bausch is a master of the short story—and this selection brings together ten pieces which perfectly showcase his incisive wit, perception, and artistry. "He brings to life characters and situations as vivid and compelling as any in contemporary literature."—Michael Dorris, The Washington Post Book World. Read more >
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Something Is Out There
Stories
Written by Richard Bausch


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27914-9 (0-307-27914-6)

Winner of the 2012 Rea Award for the Short Story

In these eleven unforgettable stories, Richard Bausch plumbs the depths of familial and marital estrangement, the gulfs between friends and lovers, the fragility and impermanence of love—and manages to find something quite surprising: human hope.

Bausch’s assured style, signature grace, and penetrating wit... Read more >
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Believers
A novella and stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77653-6 (0-679-77653-2)

With his five previous books of fiction, Charles Baxter established himself as a contemporary literary master, in the traditions of Raymond Carver, William Maxwell, and Alice Munro. This radiant new collection--seven short stories and one novella--confirms Baxter's ability to revel in the surfaces of seemingly ordinary lives while uncovering their bedrock... Read more >

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The Feast of Love
A Novel
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70910-4 (0-375-70910-X)

From “one of our most gifted writers” (Chicago Tribune), here is a superb new novel that delicately unearths the myriad manifestations of extraordinary love between ordinary people.

The Feast of Love is just that—a sumptuous work of fiction about the thing that most distracts and delights us. In a re-imagined Midsummer Night’s... Read more >
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First Light

Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94851-9 (0-307-94851-X)

Hugh Welch has cared for his little sister Dorsey ever since they were children, when Dorsey looked at him as though he were a god. But when Dorsey returns to their small Michigan hometown with a successful career as an astrophysicist and a happy family life, Hugh, who has a long... Read more >
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Gryphon
New and Selected Stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73952-0 (0-307-73952-X)

Winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story

Ever since the publication of his first story collection in 1984, Charles Baxter has slowly gained a reputation as one of America’s finest short story writers. Gryphon brings together sixteen classics with seven new stories, giving us the most complete portrait of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Gryphon
New and Selected Stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37921-4 (0-307-37921-3)

Ever since the publication of The Harmony of the World in 1984, Charles Baxter has slowly gained a reputation as one of America’s finest short-story writers. Each subsequent collection—Through the Safety Net, A Relative Stranger, and Believers—was further confirmation of his mastery: his gift for capturing the immediate moment, for revealing... Read more >
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Harmony of the World
Stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 1997
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77651-2 (0-679-77651-6)

In these ten stories, Charles Baxter shows his genius in making his characters' everyday sufferings--and occasional fragile joys--seem utterly unprecedented, even as he reminds us, gently and with a sly comic twist, that everything they feel is only the collateral damage of being human. Whether he is writing about the players... Read more >

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The Soul Thief

Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3440-6 (1-4000-3440-X)

Here is an extraordinary new novel from one of our most admired and acclaimed writers, a creator of "stunning, never predictable, glimmering fiction, full of mischief and insight” (Los Angeles Times).

During Nathaniel Mason’s first few months as a graduate student in upstate New York, he is drawn into a tangle... Read more >
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Through the Safety Net
stories
Written by Charles Baxter


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1998
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77649-9 (0-679-77649-4)

Baxter dives into the undercurrents of middle-class American life in these eleven arresting, often mesmerizing stories. Whether they know it or not, Baxter's characters are floating above an abyss of unruly desire, inexplicable dread, unforeseen tragedy, and sudden moments of grace.

A drunken graduate student hurtles cheerfully through a snowstorm to rescue... Read more >

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In the Land of No Right Angles

Written by Daphne Beal


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38806-3 (0-307-38806-9)

Alex , a twenty-year-old American student, is spending the year in Nepal, backpacking and photographing. As a favor to Will – her American friend – she uses one of her Himalayan treks to seek out Maya, a young Nepali woman desperate to flee her traditional family to find work in Kathmandu... Read more >
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Another You

Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73464-2 (0-679-73464-3)

To her latest novel, Beattie brings the same documentary accuracy and Chekhovian wit and tenderness that have made her one of the most acclaimed portraitists of contemporary American life. Marshall Lockard, a professor at the local college, is contemplating adultery, unaware that his wife is already committing it. Read more >
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Burning House

Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76500-4 (0-679-76500-X)

The now-classic, utterly unique voice of Ann Beattie is so dry it throws off sparks, her eye endowed with the emotional equivalent of X-ray vision. Her characters are young men and women discovering what it means to be a grown-up in a country that promised them they’d stay young forever. And... Read more >
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Distortions

Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 2, 1991
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73235-8 (0-679-73235-7)

Haunting and disturbingly powerful, these stories established Ann Beattie as the most celebrated new voice in American fiction and an absolute master of the short-story form. Beattie captures perfectly the profound longings that came to define an entire generation with insight, compassion, and humor.

"Magnificant, a pleasure, a significant literary debut." --The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Park City
New and Selected Stories
Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78133-2 (0-679-78133-1)

For more than twenty-five years, Ann Beattie's short fiction has held a mirror up to America, portraying its awkwardly welded families, its loosely coupled couples, and much-uprooted children with acuity, humor, and compassion. This triumphant collection includes thirty-six of the finest stories of her career including eight new pieces that have... Read more >

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Picturing Will

Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 2, 1991
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73194-8 (0-679-73194-6)

Picturing Will, the widely acclaimed new novel by Ann Beattie, unravels the complexities of a postmodern family. There's Will, a curious five-year-old who listens to the heartbeat of a plant through his toy stethoscope; Jody, his mother, a photographer poised on the threshold of celebrity; Mel, Jody’s perfect—perhaps too perfect—lover; and... Read more >
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Secrets & Surprises

Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 7, 1991
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73193-1 (0-679-73193-8)

These fifteen stories by Ann Beattie garnered universal critical acclaim on their first publication, earning Beattie the reputation as the most celebrated new voice in American fiction. Today these stories — "A Vintage Thunderbird;" "The Lawn Party, " " La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans," to name a few — seem... Read more >
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What Was Mine
& Other Stories
Written by Ann Beattie


Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73903-6 (0-679-73903-3)

A collection of short fiction, twelve works in all, including two never-before-published novellas. Here are disconnected marriages and uneasy reunions, nostalgic reminiscences and sudden epiphanies--a remarkable and moving collage of contemporary lives. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tuff
A Novel
Written by Paul Beatty


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 21, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72111-0 (0-385-72111-0)

As fast-paced and hard-edged as the Harlem streets it portrays, Tuff shows off all of the amazing skill that Paul Beatty showed off in his first novel, The White Boy Shuffle.

Weighing in at 320 pounds, Winston “Tuffy” Foshay, is an East Harlem denizen who breaks jaws and shoots dogs and dreams... Read more >
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