Marine Park: Stories - Mark Chiusano

Memo to booksellers: Avoid calling Mark Chiusano a “fresh voice in American lit.” Chiusanos voice isn’t fresh. It is knowing. Also: Piercing; clean; engaging; and wise. Use those words. Feel free to compare Chiusano to other young writers (Claire Vaye Watkins, Leslie Jamison) but comparisons to Junot Diaz and John Cheever are also accurate. Talk about how Marine Park documents the Brooklyn neighborhood that is its namesake, examining the grit without disparagement and always preserving the residents’ humanity. But assure potential readers that local knowledge isn’t a prerequisite. In the end, the book’s specificity of location is the device Chiusano uses to better show us ourselves. Alternatively, offer potential readers a chair. Invite them to sit and read one of the stories. Marine Park will then sell itself.

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ISBN: 9780143124603
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Published: Penguin Books - July 29th, 2014

Bark: Stories - Lorrie Moore

Moore has always had a startlingly dark humor, leavening the existential condition with wry wordplay. In her powerful fourth collection of stories, where someone suggests as a cause of death “a really, really serious game of Hangman” and an old man finds it requires a “reckless hope in the future” to buy green bananas, the already fine line between laughter and tears is honed to its finest and sharpest. Moore’s characters live on the border of hope and despair; the duality of the grave and the absurd is evident in the book’s very title, Bark being an inarticulate yet not uncommunicative utterance as well as a protective exterior; it’s ruff! and rough. But as characters try to respond to “the sad joke” of their circumstances, realizing that “life gets you ready for dying,” they learn that surviving loss also fortifies one for living - as do these tough-minded, compassionate stories.

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ISBN: 9780307594136
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 25th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780307740861
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Published: Vintage - October 28th, 2014

Stories II - T.C. Boyle

T.C. Boyle is a master of suspense who pushes his characters, scenarios and readers to their absolute limit without going over-the-top. Compiled here in Stories II, his short stories illustrate a fundamental human truth: that most of us are stumbling through life as best we can and only in hindsight do we recognize the benefits or the errors of our ways. In tales like "She Wasn't Soft," "The Love of My Life," "Chicxulub" Boyle brilliantly captures the inherent elasticity of how we perceive time. His characters are hopelessly fallible, but their recognition of it makes them interesting and at times loveable. Boyle is one of America's best writers and this volume confirms his mastery of the short story form.

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ISBN: 9780143125860
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Published: Penguin Books - September 30th, 2014