Bookslinger Update: “Blue”

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9781936747641The story this week comes from Fire Year by Jason K. Friedman, published by Sarabande Books. Friedman investigates art, sexuality, love, and religion in seven unconventional and engrossing short stories. A gay man attends his high school reunion in Savannah, where he’s pursued by the now-married former football star. An awkward teenager grapples with notions of God and girls at his bar mitzvah. A curator’s assistant struggles to understand a five hundred-year-old Italian painter’s body of work, until his boyfriend (whom he’s previously written off as frivolous), makes an accidental discovery that challenges decades of art criticism. A moving picture of the trials religious, cultural, and sexual minorities experience in Georgia and the Deep South.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Dead Man’s Wife”

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9781936070640This week’s story comes from Lone Star Noir, a collection of short crime and mystery stories by a variety of authors, edited by Bobby Byrd and Johnny Byrd and published by Akashic Books. Texas enters the Akashic Noir Series arena with a dazzling array of terrifying, well-crafted short fiction.

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Bookslinger Update: “Welcome to America”

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9781933149806The story this week comes from Stealing Cherries by Marina Rubin, published by Manic D Press, Inc. Whether she’s writing an engaging account of childhood memories from the Ukraine (“Otlichnitsa”), her family’s quixotic immigration experiences (“Welcome to America”), or current romantic misadventures (“Curious Things at the W Hotel”), with a unique voice and sharp eye for detail, award-winning author Marina Rubin reveals the triumphant absurdities of contemporary times. Her stories and characters are all too human, too familiar, too flawed, and just charming enough to be endearing and unforgettable in these poetic, bite-sized short stories.

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Bookslinger Update: “Being Dead in South Carolina”

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9781935248446This week’s story comes from Jacob White’s sad, fierce, and funny new take on the South Being Dead in South Carolina, published by  Leapfrog Press. Set largely in the modern South, the stories in Being Dead in South Carolina concern people who no longer recognize themselves, who have arrived, like the Sunbelt itself, to a strange day that seems disconnected from all the old days, the old stories, the old selves. Yet it’s always on this day we must answer for ourselves—right an overturned car, recover the body of a brother, convince a son of our worth and his. We are adrift with bad judgment, a little loose in the head, but searching for the correction.

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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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