Author: Michal Lemberger
Publisher: Prospect Park Books
Release Date: 2015-03-16
Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award: The women of the Bible are radiantly brought to life in an “original and thought-provoking” story collection (Kirkus Reviews). Informed by the author’s deep knowledge of the Old Testament and vividly reimagined with contemporary clarity, each of these nine stories recasts a biblical saga from the perspective of a pivotal woman. Eve considers motherhood. Miriam tends to Moses. Lot’s wife looks back. From these familiar starting points, Michal Lemberger offers a “fresh and engaging” perspective on distant times, giving voice to silent, oft-marginalized figures: their ambitions, their love for their children, their values, their tremendous struggles and challenges (Publishers Weekly). In “City of Refuge,” Yael, the Kenite woman who beheaded the Caananite general Sisera, is revealed as a true pacifist. In “Shiloh,” Lemberger explores the notorious rivalry between Elkanah’s wives Hannah and Penina to find proof of the unshakeable bonds of sisterhood “Michal Lemberger is a wonderful writer—empathetic and heartbreaking, generous and fierce. The searing beauty of these stories is matched only by the passion and intelligence of the women who inhabit these pages. After Abel is a stunning book.” —Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans
Author: R Patrick Widner
Release Date: 2011-12
Cowboy of the New Flesh And Other Stories. Here you will find: A man frozen in a cryogenics lab awakens to an unexpected new life. An alien killer stalks the last inhabitants of a distant mining colony. A deadly feud from another world finds its way to Earth. A professor gives his class a unique insight into the workings of the criminal mind. The last inhabitants of a small rural community prepare themselves for the end of their times. Two friends in another dimension enjoy a day at the fishing hole and a young man finds himself horribly entangled in their good times. Sometimes it's best not to recycle your garbage. An immortal has stopped evolving and stands locked in time as his world moves on. Sci-fi stories with a twist of horror and a touch of humor.
Author: Thomas Riggs
Publisher: St James Press
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Literary Criticism
Reference Guide to Short Fiction provides study and commentary on the most instrumental writers of short fiction through the 20th century. International in scope, this single scholarly volume includes 779 entries on 377 authors and 402 short stories.
Author: Ilan Stavans
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Release Date: 2007-10-15
The One-Handed Pianist was published to acclaim in the early 1990’s, with the two-part Spanish edition winning the Latino Literature Prize in 1989 and the Gamma Literature Prize in 1992. Its tales look at what it means to be Jewish in the Hispanic world—a world in which spirituality is often exercised outside the realm of orthodoxy. Stavans constructs fables that raise questions about ethnicity and community; even Stavans’ person raises questions about ethnicity and community: what does it mean that a Jew of Eastern European lineage can call himself Latino and speak for that group?
Author: Luis Fernando Verissimo
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2011-08-31
With the knowledge that every mouthful may be your last comes a special flavor, an added piquancy, that is hard to resist. Not for nothing is gluttony a deadly sin. At first there were ten of them. Once the gilded youth of their city, they would meet each month to dine fabulously and celebrate their friendship and singularity. But 20 years on, the world is not as impressed with them as they anticipated. Indignant girlfriends, distrustful wives, bankruptcy, divorce and death have weakened their bond - until Daniel meets Lucidio. In his new friend Daniel thinks he has found the recipe to reinvigorate their meetings. Lucidio is mysteriously taciturn but in the privacy of Daniel's kitchen, his genius recreates their favourite dishes as a gastronomic experience like no other. One helping is never enough. Particularly for a group that have always wanted more ...
Author: Noelle Watson
Publisher: Saint James Press
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Devoted to those practitioners of the art of short fiction, this new 2nd edition offers thorough coverage of approximately 375 authors and 400 of their works. In a single volume, Reference Guide to Short Fiction features often-studied authors from around the world and throughout history, all selected for inclusion by a board of experts in the field.Reference Guide to Short Fiction is divided into two sections for easy study. The first section profiles the authors and offers personal and career details, as well as complete bibliographical information. A signed essay helps readers understand more about the author. These authors are covered: -- Sandra Cisneros-- Nikolai Gogol-- Ernest Hemingway-- Langston Hughes-- Gabriel Garcia Marquez-- Salman Rushdie-- Jean-Paul Sartre-- Edith Somerville-- Eudora Welty-- And othersSection two helps readers gain deeper understanding of the authors and the genre with critical essays discussing 400 important works, including: -- "The Hitchiking Game", Milan Kundera-- "The Swimmer", John Cheever-- "The Dead", James Joyce-- "A Hunger Artist", Franz Kafka-- "How I Met My Husband", Alice Munro-- "Kew Gardens", Virginia WoolfThis one-stop guide also provides easy access to works through the title index.
From the author of the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles comes a huge, hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult through four centuries. Demonstrating, once again, her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of legend, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches--a family given to poetry and to incest, to murder and to philosophy; a family that, over the ages, is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being. On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking . . . and The Witching Hour begins. It begins in our time with a rescue at sea. Rowan Mayfair, a beautiful woman, a brilliant practitioner of neurosurgery--aware that she has special powers but unaware that she comes from an ancient line of witches--finds the drowned body of a man off the coast of California and brings him to life. He is Michael Curry, who was born in New Orleans and orphaned in childhood by fire on Christmas Eve, who pulled himself up from poverty, and who now, in his brief interval of death, has acquired a sensory power that mystifies and frightens him. As these two, fiercely drawn to each other, fall in love and--in passionate alliance--set out to solve the mystery of her past and his unwelcome gift, the novel moves backward and forward in time from today's New Orleans and San Francisco to long-ago Amsterdam and a château in the France of Louis XIV. An intricate tale of evil unfolds--an evil unleashed in seventeenth-century Scotland, where the first "witch," Suzanne of the Mayfair, conjures up the spirit she names Lasher . . . a creation that spells her own destruction and torments each of her descendants in turn. From the coffee plantations of Port au Prince, where the great Mayfair fortune is made and the legacy of their dark power is almost destroyed, to Civil War New Orleans, as Julien--the clan's only male to be endowed with occult powers--provides for the dynasty its foothold in America, the dark, luminous story encompasses dramas of seduction and death, episodes of tenderness and healing. And always--through peril and escape, tension and release--there swirl around us the echoes of eternal war: innocence versus the corruption of the spirit, sanity against madness, life against death. With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us, through circuitous, twilight paths, to the present and Rowan's increasingly inspired and risky moves in the merciless game that binds her to her heritage. And in New Orleans, on Christmas Eve, this strangest of family sagas is brought to its startling climax.
The Nigerian Civil War left behind unsung heroes--women and children. Some of them had befriended soldiers to ensure the survival of their families. These children and others born out of wedlock constitute a community of people who have identity crises rocking their lives. Also, veterans of the war, abandoned by the authorities, were left as ordinary individuals to contend with the war's destructive impact. This is the focus of the title story, "Other People's Children." "Homeless" captures the helplessness of isolated communities that are ill-prepared to battle the insurgency in northern Nigeria. "Habiba's Triumph" tells of the phenomenon of forced marriages, even in literate families. Literacy, however, offers a victim the freedom of choice, which people of previous generations did not enjoy. "Broken Lives" exposes the pain of broken relationships on college campuses. While a young man walks away unscathed to enter another relationship, a young woman is left to nurse the wounds for a lifetime. "The People's Court" is a reflection of people's rush to Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, in search of greener pastures. Some leave home only to compete with rodents in settlements that are constantly demolished without adequate notice or compensation by the authorities so as to ensure conformity to the city's master plan.
Author: Hugh A. Dempsey
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Release Date: 2014-07-14
Genre: Social Science
The Vengeful Wife and Other Blackfoot Stories by historian Hugh A. Dempsey presents tales from the Blackfoot tribe of the plains of northern Montana and southern Alberta. Drawn from Dempsey’s fifty years of interviewing tribal elders and sifting through archives, the stories are about warfare, hunting, ceremonies, sexuality, the supernatural, and captivity, and they reflect the Blackfoot worldview and beliefs. This remarkable compilation of oral history and accounts from government officials, travelers, and fur traders preserves stories dating from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. "The importance of oral history," Dempsey writes, "is reflected in the fact that the majority of these stories would never have survived had they not been preserved orally from generation to generation."