War Dances - Sherman Alexie

Fresh off his National Book Award win, Sherman Alexie delivers a heartbreaking, hilarious collection of stories. War Dances (Grove, $23) explores the precarious balance between self-preservation and external responsibility in art, family, and the world. Alexie populates his stories with ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change and introduces us to personal worlds in transformation. In the title story, a famous writer must decide how to care for his distant father who is slowly dying a “natural Indian death” from alcohol and diabetes, just as he learns that he himself may have a brain tumor. Alexie dissects a vintage-clothing store owner’s failing marriage and his courtship of a married photographer in various airports across the country; shows what happens when a politician’s son commits a hate crime; and traces how a young boy discovers his self-worth while writing obituaries for his local newspaper. Brazen and wise, this is a provocative new work.

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ISBN: 9780802144898
Availability: Backordered
Published: Grove Press - August 3rd, 2010

The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard

In his introduction to The Complete Stories Of J.G. Ballard (W.W. Norton, $35), Martin Amis calls Ballard the “most original English writer of the last century.” Indeed, Ballard’s stories are a blend of science fiction and dark, psychological dramas, akin to the stories of Orwell and Kafka, but entirely original and distinctive. From the endless exploration of urban space in “Escapement” to the humorous and sad criticism of sexual mores in “Love in a Colder Climate,” Ballard’s fiction reflects the social, cultural, and political issues of his time. This substantial collection is rewarding in its uniqueness and vision.

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By J. G. Ballard, Martin Amis (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780393339291
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 8th, 2010

Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall - Kazuo Ishiguro

Picture a graceful gondola on starlit water, pulling up under a particular window. Gentle guitar music begins, and a man stands and sings “One for my Baby.” The occasion for this serenade? The singer, a famous, if faded, American vocalist, is divorcing his wife. The couple are still in love, but he needs a younger woman to jump-start his career. His wife understands. Kazuo Ishiguro’s first collection of short fiction, Nocturnes (Knopf, $25), explores the line between the dreams and fantasy of melody and the ruthlessness of the music business. His characters are performing artists, and they appreciate both the magic and the hard knocks of their profession. Love for what they do—or aspire to do—makes them resilient. The divorced wife, returning in a hilarious story of her own, has just had plastic surgery, and though she still goes teary-eyed listening to her ex’s CDs, she’s hatching a wild plot to disrupt a music-awards ceremony.

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ISBN: 9780307455789
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Published: Vintage - September 21st, 2010