Monthly Archives: October 2012

Bookslinger Update: “Reduction”

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This week’s story is from To Assume a Pleasing Shape by Joseph Salvatore, published by BOA Editions. A body-pierced goth girl cage-dances for a living while putting herself through school. A New York City academic reevaluates her closest relationships while considering breast-reduction surgery. A chatty Gulf War veteran is plagued by a sexual identity crisis. The characters in this debut short story collection search for meaning through the crucible of sex. Joseph Salvatore’s top-notch literary writing coaxes readers into murky territories as characters spiral deeper into existential rabbit holes.

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Bookslinger Update: “False Cognate”

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This week’s story is from The Taste of Penny by Jeff Parker, published by Dzanc Books. Tight, wry, dark, and deeply funny, The Taste of Penny agitates the senses in stories modern and mischievous. This collection captures love, relationships, and finding one’s way in the twenty-first century.

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Bookslinger Update: “Don’t Go Fishing on Witch’s Day”

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This week’s story is from The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken, published by Small Beer Press. This is the first complete collection of Joan Aiken’s beloved Armitage stories—and it includes four new, unpublished stories. After Mrs. Armitage makes a wish, the Armitage family has “interesting and unusual” experiences every Monday (and the occasional Tuesday). The Board of Incantation tries to take over their house to use as a school for young wizards; the Furies come to stay; and a cutout from a cereal box leads into a beautiful and tragic palace garden. Charming and magical, the uncommon lives of the Armitage family will thrill and delight readers young and old.

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Bookslinger Update: “Dinner at Countess Pavahoke’s”

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This week’s story is from Bacacay by Witold Gombrowicz, published by Archipelago Books. Stunningly original in both style and content, these stories are hilarious yet have an undercurrent of profound moral disquiet and horror when the respectable turns slowly but inexorably into the outrageous, conveying both the horrors of upper-class life and the deepest anguish of the human condition.

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