Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events: Stories - Kevin Moffett

It’s been a while since I came across a collection of short stories quite so inspiring. After the opening story of a young, struggling writer, Moffett branches out, exploring an astonishing array of characters. From a (possibly) senile old woman, to a young Estonian immigrant, to a dead-beat, middle-aged divorcee. By this description, one would think that he’s spreading himself too thin, exploring facets of life he can’t possibly know. But that’s where the brilliance lies. You will find yourself immersed and wrapped up in the well-being, in the small victories and disappointments, of these characters. I wanted to crawl inside these stories and curl up. Let them wash over and envelope me. “First Marriage” particularly stuck with me, and I was unable to get it out of my head for days afterward. I promise, you won’t be disappointed by Moffett’s genuine talent and quirkiness.

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ISBN: 9780062069221
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 20th, 2012

The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories - Don DeLillo

The stories collected in The Angel Esmeralda (Scribner, $24) were written over the course of novelist Don DeLillo’s long and distinguished career.  Like his novels, they display the author’s penchant for looking behind societal, institutional, and personal curtains to show, in language and gesture, the reality underlying everyday life  In the title story an elderly nun working in one of the poorest sections of New York tries to help a teen-aged runaway girl. The interactions of life, memory, and image surface as Sister Edgar confronts the notion of the miraculous after the girl’s death.  In another story, two astronauts aboard an orbiting space craft monitor World War III from above after successful nuclear disarmament has made the world safe for war.  While the stories are diverse, they share DeLillo’s impeccable prose and his unfailing eye for seeing the world stripped of the inessential.

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ISBN: 9781451659092
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Published: Scribner - October 2nd, 2012

We Others: New and Selected Stories - Steven Millhauser

Over the last thirty years, Steven Millhauser has become one of my favorite stealth storytellers. His writing gained a wider audience when Martin Dressler won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize and in 2008 when Dangerous Laughter was selected as one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the year. In his latest gathering of short fiction, We Others: New and Selected Stories (Knopf, $27.95), Millhauser has assembled his favorites, saying, “I chose stories that seized my attention as if they’d been written by someone whose work I had never seen before.” These fictions straddle the edge of imagination and realism. Millhauser writes about complex human passions, both dark and pure; in his tales even the smallest details carry critical import. Fantastic, magical things happen to his characters, and yet the stories evoke life so realistically that even illusions, phantoms, and supernatural occurrences are completely believable because they are integrated so skillfully into lives that are passionate, intelligent, philosophical, and thoughtful. When such a writer can be surprised by his own writing, you know you’re reading the best.

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ISBN: 9780307743428
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2012