Bookslinger Update: “Still Dark”

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9781927428634This week’s story is from Kathleen D. Miller’s All Saints, published by Biblioasis. All Saints, all eccentric: linked short stories animate the lives of rectors, church ladies, and aging urban faithfuls. This collection presents the secret small tragedies of an Anglican congregation struggling to survive, it delves into the life of Simon, the Reverend, and the lives of his parishioners: Miss Alice Vipond, a refined and elderly schoolteacher, incarcerated for a horrendous crime; a woman driven to extreme anxiety by an affair she cannot end; a receptionist, and her act of improbable generosity; a writer making peace with her divorce. Effortlessly written and candidly observed, All Saints is a moving collection of tremendous skill, whose intersecting stories illuminate the tenacity and vulnerability of modern-day believers.

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Bookslinger Update: “Up the Fire Road”

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9781618730756This week’s story comes from Questionable Practices by Eileen Gunn, published by Small Beer Press. Stories from Eileen Gunn are always a cause for celebration. Where will she lead us? “Up the Fire Road” to a slightly alternate world. Into steampunk’s heart. Never where we might expect. Trains that go to unexpected places. A Steampunk Quartet. Stories that shake the tree. Stories that question normal practices.

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Bookslinger Update: “Such Language”

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9781927428412This week’s story comes from Red Girl Rat Boy by Cynthia Flood, published by Biblioasis. Women. Young women, old women. The hair-obsessed, the politically driven, the sure-footed, the bony-butted, the awkward and compulsive and alone. Sleep-deprived and testy. Exhausted and accepting. Among the innumerable wives, husbands, sisters, and in-laws vexed by short temper and insecurity throughout this short story collection, Cynthia Flood’s protagonists stand out as citizens of a reality that the rest of the world will only partially understand.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Things They Said”

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9781551525235This weeks story comes from The Other Side of Youth, Kelli Deeth’s incisive, finely wrought collection of stories of contemporary women on the verge, published by Arsenal Pulp Press. The female protagonists confront the emotional complexities of marriage, childlessness, adoption, adolescent longing, friendship, and death; they mourn the loss of youth while grappling with the uncertainties of adulthood. These are stories about the vagaries of family and the narrow chasm between longing and grief; with a deft hand and a knowing eye, Kelli Deeth creates stories that are portraits of dysfunction and desire.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Homecoming”

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9781888451962This week’s story comes from Baltimore Noir by Laura Lippman, published by Akashic Books. Bestselling mystery queenpin Laura Lippman and cohorts dissect their own city with a vengeance. This collection showcases the diversity of Baltimore, and the stories reflect everything from its old row houses and suburban mansions to its beloved Orioles and harbor areas.

 

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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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