Monthly Archives: May 2012

Bookslinger Update: “La Buena Vida”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

This week’s story is from Marielitos, Balseros, and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés, published by Ig Publishing.  A panoramic portrait of the Cuban American community, Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles shares the joys, tragedies, and amazing resiliency of the Cuban immigrants who arrived in this country via the Mariel boat lift of 1980 (marielitos) and the “rafters” (balseros) who came in the years afterward. The stories in this debut collection reveal the full social, economic and emotional scope of the immigrant experience, from the repression that many of the “boat people” experienced in Castro’s Cuba, the discrimination they encounter upon their arrival in America, and their struggles to build a new life in the United States. Written in an arresting style that marries English with the native Spanish of the characters, Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles is an important achievement by a new voice in Latino Literature.

Leave a comment

Filed under Bookslinger App

Bookslinger Update: “The Floods”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

This week’s story is from And Yet They Were Happy by Helen Phillips, published by Leapfrog Press.  A young couple sets out to build a life together in an unstable world haunted by monsters, plagued by disasters, full of longing—but also one of transformation, wonder, and delight, peopled by the likes of Noah, Bob Dylan, the Virgin Mary, and Anne Frank. Hovering between reality and fantasy, whimsy and darkness, these linked fables describe a universe both surreal and familiar.

Leave a comment

Filed under Bookslinger App

Bookslinger Update: “Debt”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

This week’s story is from Wild Punch by Creston Lea, published by Turtle Point Press. These debut stories, set in northern New England, portray the revelatory moments of small-timers, clergymen, hotheads, day laborers, motorcycle racers, loggers, horse farmers, and young veterans of the Gulf War. In Wild Punch, Creston Lea achieves the rare congruence of language and landscape. Creston Lea’s writing is realistic and understated. His style can be compared to writers like Raymond Carver and Tobias Wolff. He is as much a master of local grit as he is of local color. Lea is an author who clearly loves his characters. He understands their contradictions and their stark daily realities, and he writes about them with an authority based on authenticity, generosity, grace, and sharply observed humanity.

Leave a comment

Filed under Bookslinger App

Bookslinger Update: “Trouble at Pow Crash Creek”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

This week’s story is from I Know You Are But What Am I? by Heather Birrell, published by Coach House Books. Kleptomaniacs, convicts, roof-walkers and homicidal hippies: populated as they are with lives both ordinary and extraordinary, Heather Birrell’s stories pull at the sinews of the strange until the strangeness shapes itself into something familiar. At the same time, they mould the day-to-day into something new and wholly unexpected. Oldrick must come to terms with his ex-girlfriend’s new lover and a belligerent barista in the midst of a smelly garbage strike. Young Misha learns about the complexities of grownup love when his mother is bitten by a stingray. Home-schooled Rational gets a tutor and learns that his ‘hunker in the bunker’ family isn’t quite what he thought it was, and bus-bound Marion, in love with a married man, finds solace in conversation with a convict. The stories in I know you are but what am I? are like snow domes – perfect little self-contained worlds that you can hold in your hand, turn upside down, shake until the meaning settles in a hundred different ways. Here are children and adults, men and women, all struggling to define themselves, all searching for ways to belong. This is a lucid, dextrous collection that marks the ascension of a writer to watch.

Leave a comment

Filed under Bookslinger App

Bookslinger Update: “Time Between Trains”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

This week’s story is the title story from Time Between Trains by Anthony Bukoski, published by Holy Cow! Press. In his fourth collection, Anthony Bukoski brings to life once again the working-class town of Superior, Wisconsin, telling thirteen well-crafted and linked tales of its immigrant inhabitants. These characters, like the Jewish railroad track inspector in the exquisite title story, occupy a definite place in the community, and the only predicament several of them share is that they are impossibly in love.

Leave a comment

Filed under Bookslinger App