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I’ve been waiting for YEARS for Tobias Wolff’s new story collection and this one does not disappoint. Read “Her Dog” – it is the perfect example of Wolff’s skill: quiet storytelling that packs a big punch.

“A long-recognized master of the short story genre, Wolff brings together 21 favorite stories culled from three previous collections and adds, for this occasion, 10 new stories never before gathered in book form. This retrospective of his three-decades-long career testifies to the short story being his natural agent for personal expression.” – Booklist

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You may never have heard of Nam Le, but with the publication of his first collection of short stories, “The Boat,” you can expect to hear much more about him in the future. Nam Le was born in Vietnam, grew up in Australia and worked as a corporate lawyer before coming to the United States to attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Not yet 30, he is already an extraordinarily accomplished and sophisticated writer.” – The San Francisco Chronicle

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Here’s another great short story collection. If you aren’t going to read it all, then at least read “Bullet in the Brain.” It’s the story a man who is shot in the head during a bank heist – and what goes through his mind as he is dying. “Wolff’s characterizations are impeccable, his ear pitch-perfect and his eye unblinking yet compassionate.” – Publisher’s Weekly

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I’m on a short story kick right now and this is one of my favorites!

“The rituals of traditional Indian domesticity curry-making, hair-vermilioning both buttress the characters of Lahiri’s elegant first collection and mark the measure of these fragile people’s dissolution.  Lahiri’s touch in these nine tales is delicate, but her observations remain damningly accurate, and her bittersweet stories are unhampered by nostalgia.” – Publisher’s Weekly

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Sherman Alexie is one of my favorite short story writers. If you ever get the chance to see him do a reading, don’t miss the opportunity. He’s got stand-up comic star quality too. This collection offers “nine stories rendered in muscular, unencumbered language that can deliver a shock like a good, hard punch.” – Library Journal

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Celebrate the life of activist and author of perfect short stories by dipping into this beautiful collection.  Grace Paley died on August 22.
“Paley’s inventive style and her funny, feisty, irreverent characters create vivid slices of life. Her stories often concern women coping with children alone, as in ‘An Interest in Life,’ where a woman has an affair after her husband deserts her.  A continuing character, Faith, is a divorced woman with children who gets her emotional support from her women friends. In ‘Faith in a Tree,’  Faith’s interests expand to include politics after she witnesses an antiwar demonstration in the park.  In ‘A Conversation with My Father,’ a writer explains that even a story’s terrible ending is not final–the characters could still change. This possibility of hope permeates all Paley’s stories, creating a rich treasury of unexpected pleasures and revealing truths. Essential. -Patricia Ross, Library Journal

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Rare is the book that comes along and leaves you feeling awestruck by the writer’s ability to plumb the depths of the human condition. If you like short stories, don’t miss this collection.

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