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Let S Do

Author: Rebecca Meacham
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574411853
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Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2004. In the nine stories of Let's Do, various calamities strike ordinary Midwesterners, who cope with a mixture of good intentions and ineptitude. Balancing humor with painful clarity, author Rebecca Meacham pulls readers into the lives of characters who struggle with--and more often against--change.

What Are You Afraid Of

Author: Michael Hyde
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574412019
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A collection of ten stories by Michael Hyde that blend dreams and reality as the characters realize that what they pursue is often not what they need.

Venus In The Afternoon

Author: Tehila Lieberman
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574414666
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Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2012. The short stories in this rich debut collection embody in their complexity Alice Munro's description of the short story as "a world seen in a quick, glancing light." In chiseled and elegant prose, Lieberman conjures wildly disparate worlds. A middle aged window washer, mourning his wife and an estranged daughter, begins to grow attached to a young woman he sees through the glass; a writer, against his better judgment, pursues a new relationship with a femme fatale who years ago broke his heart; and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor struggles with the delicate decision of whether to finally ask her aging mother how it was that she survived. It is all here--the exigencies of love, of lust, the raw, unlit terrain of grief. Whether plumbing the darker depths or casting a humorous eye on a doomed relationship, these stories never force a choice between tragedy and redemption, but rather invite us into the private moments and crucibles of lives as hungry and flawed as our own.

The Expense Of A View

Author: Polly Buckingham
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574416472
Size: 18.34 MB
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The stories in The Expense of a View explore the psyches of characters under extreme duress. In the title story, a woman who has moved across the country in an attempt to leave her past behind dumps an empty suitcase into the Columbia River over and over again. In another story, a woman who wakes up mornings only to discover she's been shooting heroin in a night trance, meets her doppelganger on a rainy Oregon beach. Most of the characters are displaced and disturbed; they suffer from dissociative disorders, denial, and delusions. The settings—Florida, eastern Washington, Seattle, and the Oregon coast—mirror their lunacies. While refusing to look at what’s right in front of themselves might destroy them, it’s equally likely to be just what they need.

Activamerica

Author: Meagan Cass
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574417053
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Drawing from fairy tales, ghost stories, and science-fiction, the stories in ActivAmerica explore how we confront (and exert) power and re-imagine ourselves through sports and athletic activities. A group of girls starts an illicit hockey league in a conservative suburb. A recently separated woman must run a mile a day in order to maintain her new corporate health insurance. Children impacted by environmental disaster create a “mutant soccer team.” Two sisters are visited by an Olympic gymnast who demands increasingly dangerous moves from them. Sports allow the characters to form communities on soccer fields and hidden lakes, in overgrown backyards and across Ping-Pong tables. Throughout the collection, however, athletic risk also comes with unexpected, often unsettling results.

Out Of Time

Author: Geoff Schmidt
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574413198
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Geoff Schmidt's debut collection Out of Time is a meditation on meaning and mortality, and the ways that story and the imagined life can sustain us. In these stories time is running out for the people, yet the power of language, the human ability to tell, to imagine and invent, is a redemptive force.

2007 Novel Short Story Writer S Market

Author: Lauren Mosko
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582974309
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Lists addresses and information on contacts, pay rates, and submission requirements, and includes essays on the craft of writing.