Bookslinger Update: “The IED”

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9781936747764This week’s story comes from Elegy on Kinderklavier by Arna Bontemps Hemenway, published by Sarabande Books. The stories in Elegy on Kinderklavier explore the profound loss and intricate effects of war on lives that have been suddenly misaligned. A diplomat navigates a hostile political climate and an arranged marriage in an Israeli settlement on a newly discovered planet; a small town in Kansas shuns the army recruiter who signed up its boys as troops are deployed to Iraq, falling in helicopters and on grenades; a family dissolves around mental illness and a child’s body overtaken by cancer. Arna Bontemps Hemenway’s stories feel pulled out of time and place, and the suffering of his characters seem at once otherworldly and stunningly familiar.

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Bookslinger Update: “Professor Helen C. Anderson”

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9781566893473This week’s story comes from the collection of elegantly simple fairy tales where nonsense is as commonplace as violence from author Kate Bernheimer, published by Coffee House Press. Elegant and brutal, the stories in Kate Bernheimer’s latest collection occupy a heightened landscape, where the familiar cedes to the grotesque and nonsense just as often devolves into terror. These are fairy tales out of time, renewing classic stories we think we know, like one of Bernheimer’s girls, whose hands of steel turn to flowers, leaving her beautiful but alone.

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Bookslinger Update: “You Shall Go Out with Joy and Be Led Forth”

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9781936747634This week’s story comes from Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor, published by Sarabande Books. The characters in Praying Drunk speak in tongues, torture their classmates, fall in love, hunt for immortality, abandon their children, keep machetes beneath passenger seats, and collect porcelain figurines. In a masterful blend of fiction, autobiography, and surrealism, Kyle Minor shows us that the space between fearlessness and terror is often very small.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Ugly Chickens”

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9781618730794This week’s story comes from Things Will Never Be the Same by Howard Waldrop, published by Small Beer Press. Sixteen of the best short stories from the one and only culture mashup genius brain of Howard Waldrop.

This book has one problem:it’s not nearly long enough. Sure, it’s chock full of great stories by the best short fiction writer of his generation, modern classics like “The Ugly Chickens” and “Flying Saucer Rock n Roll” and “Heart of Whitenesse” and many more. Think of it as the best tasting menu in literature. Try this, then go get more.

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Bookslinger Update: “Feral Parfumier Bees”

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Today’s story comes from Invisible Beasts by Sharona Muir published by Bellevue Literary Press. Sophie is an amateur naturalist with a rare genetic gift: the ability to see a marvelous kingdom of invisible, sentient creatures that share a vital relationship with humankind. To record her observations, Sophie creates a personal bestiary and, as she relates the strange abilities of these endangered beings, her tales become extraordinary meditations on love, sex, evolution, extinction, truth, and self-knowledge.

“Invisible Beasts is a strange and beautiful meditation on love and seeing, a hybrid of fantasy and field guide, novel and essay, treatise and fable. With one hand it offers a sad commentary on environmental degradation, while with the other it presents a bright, whimsical, and funny exploration of what it means to be human. It’s wonderfully written, crazily imagined, and absolutely original.” —ANTHONY DOERR, author of All the Light We Cannot See and The Shell Collector

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Bookslinger Update: “A Dozen Tough Jobs”

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9781618730800This week’s short story comes from Other Worlds, Better Lives by Howard Waldrop, published by Small Beer Press. Seven novellas that cover ground the way that only Waldrop can featuring Wagner, Fats Waller, Picasso, Thomas Wolfe, and more. Explore this second retrospective volume of Waldrop’s work which collects seven of his best novellas and adds new author afterwords to each and you’ll agree that no one else can be quite as weird, quite as excellent.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Boys of Lake Karachay”

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Today’s short story comes from Limber  by Angela Pelster, published by Sarabande Books. Pelster’s startling essay collection charts the world’s history through its trees: through roots in the ground, rings across wood, and inevitable decay. These sharp and tender essays move from her childhood in rural Canada surrounded by skinny poplar trees in her backyard to a desert in Niger, where the “Loneliest Tree in the World” once grew. A squirrel’s decomposing body below a towering maple prompts a discussion of the science of rot, as well as a metaphor for the ways in which nature programs us to consume ourselves. Beautiful, deeply thoughtful, and wholly original, Limber valiantly asks what it means to sustain life on this planet we’ve inherited.

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