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If you're a short story love, don't let the summer get away without checking out these new story story collections that have been attracting buzz and great reviews.
Willem De Kooning's Paintbrush

Willem De Kooning's Paintbrush

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback

LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

“Powerful. . . . Full of dark nostalgia.” —NATHAN ENGLANDER

“A literary high-wire act, not for the faint of heart.” —ALISSA YORK

An unflinching and masterful collection of award-winning stories, Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush is a career-making debut. Ranging from an island holiday gone wrong to a dive bar on the upswing to a yuppie mother in a pricey subdivision seeing her worst fears come true, these deftly written stories are populated by …

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Cretacea & Other Stories from the Badlands

Cretacea & Other Stories from the Badlands

edition:Paperback

Montaigne Medal Finalist (Eric Hoffer Awards)

The stories in Cretacea and Other Stories from the Badlands mostly take place in hot weather, where dust and sweat envelop everyone and everything. A teenage boy spends a summer with his hard-livin', hard-drinkin', messed up uncle and has to fight for a position in his new, temporary "family." A recent widower gets swept up in the world of the local swingers' scene. A band of misfits struggles to survive at a makeshift commune. An eccentric woman with …

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As if

As if

edition:Paperback

As If is a collection of stories that, as its title suggests, points at an indubitable truth: all literature is speculative. Goulden's, however, extends past the boundaries of conventional fiction into areas traditionally occupied by fantasy and magic realism. These stories rail against the industrial and digital mechanisms of our age and, in the great fabulist tradition, call upon its characters to take action, to reach beyond the repetitive anxiety of being a cog in the wheel of mechanical env …

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The Light that Remains

The Light that Remains

The Making of an Escape Artist
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

The despair of refugees has haunted us long before the civil war in Syria. Lyse Champagne's evocative new story collection attempts to put these collective and individual tragedies into an historical context.

Two Armenian sisters write to each other in the year leading up to the deportations.&nbsp A young Ukrainian mother embroiders her life story as famine threatens.&nbsp A boy travels to Hong Kong by train while the Japanese march towards his hometown of Nanjing.&nbsp A Jewish girl collects wor …

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Thirteen Shells

Thirteen Shells

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Spanning the late 1970s to the late 1980s, Nadia Bozak’s thirteen stories are narrated from the perspective of Shell, the only child of bohemian artisans determined to live off their handicrafts and uphold a left-wing lifestyle. At the age of five, Shell’s world is transformed when the family moves into a new house, where she grows up. Over time, she gradually trades her unconventional upbringing for junk food, rock music, and boys. All the while, Shell quietly watches her parents’ loveles …

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It Is an Honest Ghost

It Is an Honest Ghost

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

From Kenya to Quebec, these wry and unconventional stories explore the different ways we’re haunted ...

Teenagers philosophize on the nature of ontology while fearing there's a ghost in the old mill they're stuck in; a man encounters an old friend in the unlikeliest of places; nineteenth-century inventor Sigismund Mohr is vividly brought back from obscurity; and two journalists travel to Kenya for a conference, where one of them has a paranoid breakdown.

It Is an Honest Ghost is a funny and ofte …

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Four-Letter Words

Four-Letter Words

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

Chad Pelley’s Four-Letter Words, his collection of award-winning short stories, presents us with characters haunted by one four-letter word or another: love, hate, lust, or loss. A father drives across the island hoping to find his missing son, a hitman considers the life of his female victim while watching her through his scope, a lonely man frequents hospital emergency rooms to diagnose the pain of others, and another clings to a buoy at sea. Whether documenting the ways in which we become o …

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Double Dutch

Double Dutch

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Danuta Gleed Literary Award finalist

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize finalist

Intensely imaginative and darkly emotional, the weird and wonderful stories in Double Dutch deftly alternate between fantasy and reality, transporting readers into strange worlds that are at once both familiar and uncanny — where animals are more human, and people more mysterious, than they first appear.

Shape-shifters, doppelgangers, and spirits inhabit the extraordinary worlds depicted in Trunkey’s stories: a sin …

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