If the characters in this collection of short stories seem familiar, they should because they're either you now, you at a later date or someone you know. "An Act Of God and Other Stories' is Hart's attempt to show that growing old has its advantages, although it is often quite difficult to discover what they are. While waiting for senility, this slim volume might help keep you smiling.
Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) was one of the premiere French novelists. This is a collection of his stories.
Told with satiric allusions to the policies and tactics used by Mexico's current ruling party, PRI, to consolidate its power, the play unfolds a history of vain rivalry and decadence, intricate political maneuvers, corruption, and unchecked ambition that determined the course of Mexican history for two centuries before the Spanish conquest.
Mango Lady & Other Stories from Hawaii takes the reader on a journey not unlike a long ride across the face of a giant wave, full of unexpected turns and surprises, weaving together memories, fantasies, and personalities that stretch from long ago Hawaii to modern day Vietnam. Through all of them is the connecting spirit of the Islands, its special mana, its people, its surf, bringing times past into the present in a special, intimate way. There is Mango Lady, who lived in Waikiki since childhood, watching her ancient preoccupations become irrelevant in the new bustle of development. There is The Man to Whom Surf Cam, the tale of a magical Urban who never failed to attract surf. There is A November Surfer, an adventure of a senior surfer at remote Rabbit Island. There is Hard Port, an intriguing pulling together of Hawaii and Russia, when a longtime surfer visits Nakhodka in the Russian Far East, the land of his ancestors. Finally, there is the flamboyant and unsettling Captain Aloha, a tale of two old surfing friends from Hawaii and the horrors of the war in Vietnam, a unique portrait of psychology and culture, of friendship and passing time."
Stories: Here, there and nowhere are a potpourri of tales set in North America, Europe, Egypt and neither here nor there. The title of the book is about a man's Oedipus complex. Other stories include a man's obsession with his baldness; a man desperate to save his marriage; a broker torn between whether to marry or remain single; two young satyrs looking for a good time; a woman in search of a husband plus a couple of supernatural and gay stories and topping it all off a fable.
An eclectic and witty collection of short stories including a story about how an ordinary bridge game in a small south Texas town turns dramatic over the value of an emerald necklace.
The One-Handed Pianist was published to acclaim in the early 1990’s, with the two-part Spanish edition winning the Latino Literature Prize in 1989 and the Gamma Literature Prize in 1992. Its tales look at what it means to be Jewish in the Hispanic world—a world in which spirituality is often exercised outside the realm of orthodoxy. Stavans constructs fables that raise questions about ethnicity and community; even Stavans’ person raises questions about ethnicity and community: what does it mean that a Jew of Eastern European lineage can call himself Latino and speak for that group?
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russia. This translation by Constance Garnett from the original Russian is widely regarded as a reference. Garnett translated seventy volumes of Russian prose for publication, including all of Dostoyevsky's novels. Dostoyevsky's works of fiction include 17 short stories, in this edition we present 7 stories, including two of his 2 most famous works "White Nights" and "Notes From the Underground": WHITE NIGHTS, NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND, A FAINT HEART, A CHRISTMAS TREE AND A WEDDING, POLZUNKOV, A LITTLE HERO and MR. PROHARTCHIN.
What is the most beautiful sight in the world? For some, it's a beach at sunset. For others, it's the masterpiece hanging in an art museum. And for still others, it's the scoreboard showing the home team winning the championship. For Pastor Dave Carver, it's the image he sees each Christmas Eve as God's people sing Silent Night, Holy Night in the glow of their hand-held candles. Christmas Eve is, for Pastor Dave, a glimpse of how things are supposed to be: God's people gathered around the ancient text, the welcoming community, and the ever-living Story of the night that God became one of us. I Will Hold My Candle is a collection of short stories that Pastor Dave has written to help the people in his community engage the Greatest of Stories in new and fresh ways. Listen for the ways in which God's promises ring true in our world and allow Dave's imagination to spur your own. Perhaps you will be able to see your life, or your neighbor, in a whole new light.
Short stories of fantasy and horror. Monsters and heroes, demons and ghosts, they are all here, as well as other characters of fantasy, both familiar and strange. Placed in both otherworldly and contemporary settings, these tales of heroic fantasy and disturbing horror are meant to frighten, delight, and provoke the imagination. Satire, humor, and off beat thoughts abound.
A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes "Bloodchild," winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and "Speech Sounds," winner of the Hugo Award. Appearing in print for the first time, "Amnesty" is a story of a woman named Noah who works to negotiate the tense and co-dependent relationship between humans and a species of invaders. Also new to this collection is "The Book of Martha" which asks: What would you do if God granted you the ability—and responsibility—to save humanity from itself? Like all of Octavia Butler’s best writing, these works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. She proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literature’s strongest voices.
From the Ghost Saloon, to gold in them thar hills, and mysterious happenings on Marshall Mike Baxter's beat, great stories for lovers of the western genre.
In our media-saturated world, the line between reality and fiction has grown thinner and more confusing. With sharp, clear prose and an insider's view of the media, Petrick's stories take us into a hall of mirrors where men and women struggle to understand themselves and their relationships with one another. In a climate defined by images, does love stand a chance when no one is certain what is real? In the title story, an accomplished skydiver goes airborne with a video camera to capture the love of his life, but a small oversight upends his best intentions. In "Sins of the Father," a man arriving in Huntsville, Texas, to commute his son's death sentence clashes with a documentary producer intent on chasing the story to its bitter end. In "Telling Time," a corporate video producer, conflicted by his own immoral conduct, learns that sometimes the absolute truth is the most effective lie.
The Wooden Bicycle and Other Stories is a compilation of eight compelling short stories which immediately engage the reader, regardless of which story is selected for reading. Just like the author's other collection of short stories, Cup Man and Other Stories, the book is a depiction of the joys and pains of everyday life in the typical African country or even in the West Indies. This dimension includes an in-depth look at life within the African community in the West - an experience which is, of course daunting as the immigrant struggles to adjust to the new dispensation. Azonga once again shows outstanding skill in narrative techniques by adopting a style that is at once simple and intricate, entertaining and instructive.
Luciano realized that Bono had fallen in love with Lady Beautiful. He did not say one word, not even opened his mouth. He feigned not noticing and kept silent. The next time that Lady Beautiful appeared at La Buena Vida everything happened real quickly, as if she had arrived fl ying at great speed. She once again remained at the high part of the place. Now, it was Luciano who felt an uncontrollable impulse. He did not clear his throat and breathed deeply. In a wink, he began to hum the Bolero by Ravel. He started softly but with a powerful and sure voice which went high, to the sky. As he increased the energy of the musical piece, he did the same with the melodious sound and the profound emotion that came out of his powerful throat. His voice was that of the lover who is showing his irrepressible joy and is about to go mad because the loved one is near. He doesn't know it but his legs are moving without his knowledge and taking him where...