Bookslinger Update: “When the Weather Changes You”

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9780983422877Today’s story comes from May We Shed These Human Bodies by Amber Sparks, published by Curbside Splendor. May We Shed These Human Bodies peers through vast spaces and skies with the world’s most powerful telescope to find humanity: wild and bright and hard as diamonds. Here is humanity building: families reconstruct themselves, mothers fashion babies from two-by-fours and nails, boys make a mother out of leaves and twigs and wishes. Here is humanity tearing down: a wife sets her house on fire in revenge, a young girl plots to kill the ghosts that stalk her, a dying man takes the whole human race with him. Here is humanity transforming: feral children, cannibalistic seniors, animal wives—a whole sideshow’s worth of oddballs and freaks.

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Bookslinger Update: “First”

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9781888451900The story this week is by Kenji Jasper from DC Noir, published by Akashic. Mystery sensation Pelecanos pens the lead story and edits this groundbreaking collection of stories detailing the seedy underside of the nation’s capital. This is not an anthology of ill-conceived and inauthentic political thrillers. Instead, in D.C. Noir, pimps, whores, gangsters, and con-men run rampant in zones of this city that most never hear about.

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Bookslinger Update: “Everything Flows”

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9780983422884The story today comes from Everything Flows by James Greer, published by Curbside Splendor. The nineteen stories range from short and surreal to long and surreal, but all share a consistency of intent: to fracture traditional narrative tropes and reassemble the shards into coherent, if occasionally undulant and meandering forms (see: the title). Greer mixes anachronistic pseudo-history and unserious/serious digressions into pop culture, pop physics, pop philosophy and pop music (see: the title), to arrive at something both universal in scope and intensely personal, twisting language(s) into sometimes-strange shapes to devise new ways of looking at familiar things.

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Bookslinger Update: “Windeye”

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9781566892988The story this week comes from Windeye by Brian Evenson, published by Coffee House Press. A woman falling out of sync with the world; a king’s servant hypnotized by his murderous horse; a transplanted ear with a mind of its own—the characters in these stories live as interlopers in a world shaped by mysterious disappearances and unfathomable discrepancies between the real and imagined. Brian Evenson, master of literary horror, presents his most far-ranging collection to date, exploring how humans can persist in an increasingly unreal world. Haunting, gripping, and psychologically fierce, these tales illuminate a dark and unsettling side of humanity.

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Bookslinger Update: “La Jetee”

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9781936070978This week’s story is from Cape Cod Noir edited by David L. Ulin, published by Akashic. Malice and mayhem simmer beneath the surface of one of America’s favorite vacation areas. Los Angeles Times book critic David L. Ulin has been vacationing in Cape Cod every summer since he was a boy. He knows the terrain inside and out; enough to identify the squalid underbelly of this allegedly idyllic location. His editing prowess is a perfect match for this fine volume.

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Bookslinger Update: “Stars of the Silver Screen”

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9781566891264This week’s story is from Little Casino by Gilbert Sorrentino, published by Coffee House Press. In this superb novel composed of fragments of memory, Gilbert Sorrentino captures the unconventional nuances of a conventional world. A masterful collage of events is evocatively chained together by secrets and hidden truths that are almost accidentally revealed. Each episode, affectingly textured with penetrating detail, ferrets out the gristle and unconventional beauty found in the voices of the working-class inhabitants from an irretrievable, golden age Brooklyn.

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Bookslinger Update: “Universum”

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9785717200950This week’s story by Irina Bogatyreva comes from Still Waters Run Deep, published by GLAS New Russian Writing. These frank, unsparing, and varied stories by women in their twenties and thirties reveal the evolution of women’s consciousness in Russia through two decades of violent social upheaval—including the dramatic monologue of a teenage girl who grew up in an orphanage; an escape to the Altai Mountains and the mysterious local rites and lore; the seamy side of Siberian business and a young man’s failure to get to grips with it; the tricky backstage life of a provincial theater; the private life of a wealthy family which mirrors the social stratification in Russian society today.

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