Bookslinger Update: “Modern-Day Pastoral”

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9785717200868This week’s story comes from Squaring the Circle, by five Russian authors, including Igor Savelyev, published by GLAS New Russian Writing. Squaring the Circle is Russian prose by a new generation of authors from various parts of Russia who never lived in the USSR and who, unlike older writers, are not fighting the Soviet past. Young people have no algorithms for building their lives and careers. There are no guarantees, but anything is possible.

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Bookslinger Update: “Telephone Call”

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9781938160240This week’s story comes from Jewelry Box: A Collection of Histories, by Aurelie Sheehan, published by BOA Editions Ltd. Straddling memoir and fiction, these 68 short works explore the nuances of sexuality, motherhood, love, ambition, and personal history. Like Lydia Davis, Aurelie Sheehan’s stories are potent miniatures that blossom out from seemingly insignificant encounters and objects. Jewelry Box is a collection of intimate renderings of the life that surrounds us, just under the surface.

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Bookslinger Update: “Home Invasion”

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9781617750625This week’s story comes from Long Island Noir, by Kaylie Jones, published by Akashic Books. Stories covering Long Island’s extremes, from the comfortably rich, to the horribly poor, and all darkness between. Akashic’s Long Island volume in its regional noir series offers an eclectic and effective mix of seasoned pros (Reed Farrel Coleman, Tim McLoughlin, Sarah Weinman) and new voices (Qanta Ahmed, JZ Holden, Amani Scipio). The 17 contributors portray a wonderful diversity of people driven to extremes.

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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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