Like fellow debut sensation Isabella Hammad, Kelli Jo Ford won this year’s Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review for her story “Hybrid Vigor.” Judge Richard Ford said in his citation: “Kelli Jo Ford’s writing is a high priority and will only gain in the world’s esteem...[her work] contains beauty and unexpected new intelligence.” Similarly structured to Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine, Dylan Landis’s Normal People Don’t Live Like This, and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, Crooked Hallelujah tells the story of a place through a family and vice-versa offering a blistering portrait of a mixed Native community and the impact of fundamentalist Christianity on generations of women. Will appeal to fans of Claire Vaye Watkins’ Battleborn, Bonnie Jo Campbell’s American Salvage, Tommy Orange’s There, There, Laura van den Berg’s The Isle of Youth, Brandon Hobson’s Where the Dead Sit Talking, Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones and Sing, Unburied, Sing. Kelli Jo Ford is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the first in her family to graduate from college. Ford is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Everett Southwest Literary Award, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize at Bread Loaf, a National Artist Fellowship by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and the Missouri Review Peden Prize. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, and the anthology Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, among other places. Grove will be bringing Kelli Jo Ford to Winter Institute. Blurbs from Louise Erdrich, Isabella Hammad, Terese Marie Mailhot, and David Treuer are forthcoming.
First published in 1964, The Fabulous Mrs. V. is a late collection of twelve stories celebrating comedy and Bates's ability to paint amusing, idiosyncratic women.
'A Couple of Fools' follows two fashionable young women, ripe for a luxurious Sunday afternoon outing, who find that their flamboyant hats win them attention and favours at every step. They and their male admirers become too drunk for anything but a taxi home.
Another story similarly celebrates liquor, food, and sex. 'A Party for the Girls' is a comic celebration of life where a group of older women drink lavish quantities of alcohol at a luncheon and compete for the attention of the sole male guest.
'The Trespasser' is a comic piece involving a near-sighted and eccentric spinster 'who looked not at all unlike a round fresh radish,' and a young man who watches with some disgust as his aunt orchestrates the seduction of her future husband.
But it is not just the women who are given Bates's quirky treatment.
'The Cat Who Sang' observes an overworked teacher who hallucinates that his black cat Susie is able to sing Schubert's 'Trout' theme. In 'A Dream of Fair Women' a body building adolescent boy engages in vivid fantasies about women risque enough to be reprinted in Penthouse Magazine in 1965. Also included with this cast of quirky characters is a retired Reverend in bonus story 'The Electric Christ', who becomes enamoured with a statue of Christ with an electric halo and purchases it for his home.
The Times Literary Supplement found that the collection 'demonstrates that both his vigour and unique ability to evoke, visually, his settings and characters remain undiminished.'
This Audiobook contains the Collection of Rudyard Kipling:- The jungle book- Just So Stories- Kim- Captains Courageous- Mowgli: All of the Mowgli Stories from the Jungle Books- Puck of Pook's Hill - France At War On the Frontier of Civilization- Letters of Travel- A Fleet In Being- The Fringes Of The Fleet- American Notes
"Black Bark" is a short horror story by award-winning author Brian Evenson, one of 35 entries in the audio horror anthology Come Join Us by the Fire.
A story-within-a-story vexes two cowboys on the run, looking for a cabin that may not exist.
Come Join Us by the Fire, edited by Theresa DeLucci, is an audio-only horror anthology of 35 short stories from Nightfire Books, a horror imprint of Tor Books. The collection showcases the breadth of talent writing in the horror genre today, with contributions from a wide range of bestselling genre luminaries including China Miéville, Chuck Wendig, Richard Kadrey, and Victor LaValle; Shirley Jackson Award winners Paul Tremblay, Priya Sharma, and Sam J. Miller; Nebula Award winners Brooke Bolander, Alyssa Wong, Kij Johnson; and many, many more.
A. J. Alan was the pseudonym of Leslie Harrison Lambert (1883-1941), an English magician, intelligence officer, short story writer, and radio broadcaster. He was hugely popular in the '20s and '30s for his radio broadcasts, when he performed his own humorous and often macabre short stories, which he always delivered wearing full evening dress. 1. "A Coincidence" 2. "Charles" 3. "My Adventure at Chislehurst" 4. "H2 etc." 5. "The Dream" 6. "My Adventure in Jermyn Street" 7. "The Cabmen’s Shelter" 8. "My Adventure in Norfolk" 9. "The Diver" 10. "The Hair"
Ernest Bramah (1868-1942) was an English author of 21 novels and numerous short stories and features. His humorous works have been ranked with Jerome K. Jerome and W. W. Jacobs, his detective stories with Conan Doyle, his politico-science fiction with H. G. Wells, and his supernatural stories with Algernon Blackwood.
In his stories of detection, Bramah hit on the idea of a blind detective, Max Carrados, whose triumphs are all the more amazing because of his disability.
In this story Max Carrados solves a particularly peculiar case involving a burglary and a very peculiar pair of ladies' shoes.
Michael Chabon once said, “I scan the tables of contents of magazines, looking for Antonya Nelson's name, hoping that she has decided to bless us again.” And now she has blessed us again, with a bounty of the stories for which she is so beloved. Her stories are clear-eyed, hard-edged, beautifully formed. In the title story, “Funny Once,” a couple held together by bad behavior fall into a lie with their more responsible friends. In “The Village,” a woman visits her father at a nursing home, recalling his equanimity at her teenage misdeeds and gaining a new understanding of his own past indiscretions. In another, when a troubled girl in the neighborhood goes missing, a mother worries increasingly about her teenage son's relationship with a bad-news girlfriend. In the novella “Three Wishes,” siblings muddle through in the aftermath of their elder brother's too-early departure from the world.
The landscape of this book is the wide open spaces of Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. Throughout, there is the pervasive desire to drink to forget, to have sex with the wrong people, to hit the road and figure out later where to stop for the night. These characters are aging, regretting actions both taken and not, inhabiting their extended adolescences as best they can. And in Funny Once, their flawed humanity is made beautiful, perfectly observed by one of America's best short story writers.
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