Remember Me To Lebanon: Stories of Lebanese Women in America by Evelyn Shakir

By Evelyn Shakir

Evelyn C. Shakir paints stories which are wealthy in background and heritage. She units her tales in numerous eras, from the Sixties to the current, peopled with Lebanese ladies of alternative a while, occasionally writing letters, frequently reminiscing, in retrospect so far as the flip of the century.

In other ways, those first and second-generation girls fight with feminist matters overshadowed via the calls for of twin cultures. In younger Ali attempts to hear her cherished father’s conventional stories of men in friendship and marriage. Aggie of condominium Calls is a deceased matriarch who returns to hang-out her relations with reminders of the customs she fought to uphold whereas alive. Shakir’s different heroines comprise a thrice-divorced thirty-year-old lady quibbling with a latest matchmaker, an aged non-Lebanese lady who spies on Muslim buddies within the wake of Sep 11, and a conventional spouse and mom who thinks she has discovered a course out of previous international womanly tasks. a number of the authors’s girls grapple with reclaiming or leaving behind ancestral calls for, and finessing age-old male-female relationships. In Oh, Lebanon a war-haunted Lebanese-born girl willfully departs from the mores of her upbringing, with spectacular effects. With agile humor and emotional fact, Shakir bargains a number of views on Lebanese girls attempting to switch roles in a brand new panorama with out surrendering cultural identity.

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How to Stop Loving Someone (LeapLit) by Joan Connor

By Joan Connor

Winner of the 2010 Leapfrog Fiction Contest.

"Excellent and energetic. a pointy wit, the apt metaphor, the flip of word that pleases and surprises."—Marge Piercy, contest judge

"Bright, brassy, spunky, clever. creative writing. . . . Quirky and choked with metaphoric twists that frequently startle."—Michael Mirolla, contest judge

"Smart, humorous, biting, and, notably, touching. a set to appreciate over and over."—Michael White, writer of Beautiful Assassin

Praise for Joan Connor's past collections:

"Brilliantly quirky wit and wordplay."—Syndey Lea, writer of A Little Wilderness

"A deeply proficient writer."—Alyce Miller, writer of Water

"Candor, bracing wit, and skewering perception which could kill if she allow it."—Rosellen Brown, writer of Half a Heart

Joan Connor's assortment investigates love and loss, intercourse, relatives, and the methods they echo again via reminiscence, occasionally to convenience and infrequently to chew. a few comedian, a few darkish, the tales diversity from lyrical to laugh-out-loud humorous. The identify tale is a ridicule self-help guide on the best way to fall out of affection. "Men in Brown" is a rollicking account of a lady infatuated together with her UPS guy. "Aground" is a dismal account of male lust and violence on a lonely island in Maine.

Joan Connor is a professor at Ohio collage and at Fairfield University's low residency MFA application. She acquired the AWP award for her assortment History Lessons, and the River the teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize for The global ahead of Mirrors. Her past collections are We Who dwell aside and Here on previous course 7.

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The Kind of Things Saints Do (Iowa Short Fiction Award) by Laura Valeri

By Laura Valeri

From the Anglo-American lady who makes a spectacle of herself attempting to be Cuban in Miami to the estranged son top his father on a adversarial hike in New Mexico, Valeri's characters hold a heavy load of hope and anger. Proud, loud, and hungry for no matter what comes subsequent, all people desperately searches for an realizing that lessens his or her burden. The saints listed below are natural in simple terms of their anger, desperation, and wish to be enjoyed, holy simply of their quest to maintain going.

These tales develop via sophisticated shifts—the undesirable turns into now not so undesirable, the worst livable. it's the saintly moments of unforeseen figuring out that form the gathering: one gigolo's lover alternatives up one other at a bus cease and so they agree on his worthlessness, the love-worn guy reminds the newly divorced lady of her actual strength, the estranged son shelters his father from an unforeseen storm.

Valeri navigates the reader in the course of the bones and scars of these who discomfort with in need of anything else and turn into a bit older and a bit wiser for it. The type of issues Saints Do is a set of human imperfections and overlooked connections that grows right into a kaleidoscope of aspiration and hope.

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Signs and Wonders by Roger Pickney

By Roger Pickney

during this selection of essays, grasp storyteller Roger Pinckney paints a brilliant portrait of his lowcountry South Carolina birthplace and his current domestic on Daufuskie Island. In a particular literary voice with prepared sensitivity to present environmental and social matters, Pinckney chronicles a rural group lifestyles that's threatened by way of modern day intrusions and inn advancements. The tales are choked with the candy smells of the ocean and the salt marsh, and with the attractions of sundown skies and extensive open areas. Peopled with hunters and fishermen, friends and family, and fellow islanders with their very own tales to inform, this publication is a poignant rendering of the emotional, social, and actual geography of a truly exact position and the fight to maintain it.

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The Gift is in the Making: Anishinaabeg Stories by Leanne Simpson

By Leanne Simpson

The present Is within the Making retells formerly released Anishinaabeg tales, bringing to existence Anishinaabeg values and teachings to a brand new new release. Readers are immersed in an international the place all genders are revered, the tiniest being has impact on this planet, and unconditional love binds households and groups to one another and to their place of origin. Sprinkled with light humour and the Anishinaabe language, this assortment speaks to young ones and adults alike, and reminds us of the timelessness of reports that contact the heart.

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Winter Money (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction by Andy Plattner

By Andy Plattner

The ten tales in Winter Money are set in rural Kentucky and West Virginia, in dim horse racing and river cities. the lads in Andy Plattner’s tales are difficult and unsure, the ladies self reliant and disillusioned, yet they're strong-willed and high-spirited, continuously believing there’s a greater existence, simply over the horizon, after the subsequent race.

The name tale depicts the lifetime of a jockey agent who has visible a few undesirable breaks yet is aware in his center he can flip issues round if he can simply get a few “winter cash” to make a clean commence in Florida. In “Chandelier,” a bankrupt horse breeder dangers every little thing back in an try and keep a friend’s farm. “Eldorado” is the tale of a tender horse groom confident an previous automobile should be strong good fortune for him, although it may well holiday down over the following hill.

Life at a race music is as desperately unpredictable because the subsequent race, however the humans absolute to this lifestyles stay in basic terms after they are taking possibilities. The lies they inform themselves and others run with truth to create new truths. the boys and ladies of Winter Money stay in lodge rooms that hire by means of the week, the place strangers can swap the process lives. Love and compassion come from unforeseen resources, and, therefore, desires and wanted are nurtured and infrequently, opposed to the percentages, sustained.

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AM/PM by Amelia Gray

By Amelia Gray

If anything's going to avoid wasting the characters in Amelia Gray's debut from their romances, their social improprieties, or their fingers changing into claws, it is a John Mayer live performance tee. In AM/PM, impish humor and slicing perception are on complete exhibit. Readers journey the lives of 23 characters throughout a hundred and twenty tales jam-packed with lizard tails, Schrödinger containers, and volcano love. June wakes up one morning lined in seeds; Leonard falls in love with a chaise living room; Betty insists every thing other than flora are a logo of her love for her husband; Andrew talks to his condominium in instances of quandary. Written each morning and evening for 2 months, those short vignettes (50 to a hundred phrases) remember Donald Barthelme of their whimsy and refined but robust feelings. An intermittent love tale as visible via a darkly comedian lens, AM/PM mixes poetry and prose, humor and hubris to create a very unique paintings of fiction.

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The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace: 64 Stories by Steven Nightingale

By Steven Nightingale

With those brief tales, deeply indebted to Sufi stories and Jataka tales (as good as to the Brothers Grimm and American folktales), Steven Nightingale deals stories of revelation, mischief, miracles, and style given him by way of sixty-four notable girls who have seemed in his existence over time.

These pleasant items mix humor and sensuality with surrealism and an indirect spirituality, and every turns into a chance of light guideline, invention, and leisure. The e-book describes a religious pilgrimage, superbly written, a special providing from this excellent writer.

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Flashes of Lightning: 52 Short, Short Stories by Neil Tarpey

By Neil Tarpey

Flashes of Lightning includes fifty-two fiction tales (each one one zero one phrases or much less) that contact the reader's humorous bone, middle, mystery-solving brain and occasionally, darkish facet. What drives this choice of most economical tales are a medley of memorable characters and a good mix of lifelike conversation, inside monologues and irony. the solid of characters—both likeable and despicable—have explanations various from fit to diabolical, regardless of the constrained notice counts fighting distinct again tales. The tales occur in numerous settings, together with the wasteland, forests, a funeral domestic, seashores, bayou, basements, bars, cliffs, church buildings, a counseling consultation, a marriage reception, eire, ny urban, and Paris. Characters contain scoundrels, liars, cheats, murderers, hit males, psychics, ghosts, sleepwalkers, evil faeries, cats, canine, a horse and a skunk

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