Monthly Archives: December 2012

Bookslinger Update: “Ancestor Money”

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This week’s story is from Mothers and Other Monsters by Maureen F. McHugh, published by Small Beer PressIn her luminous, long-awaited debut collection, award-winning novelist Maureen F. McHugh wryly and delicately examines the impacts of social and technological shifts on families. Using beautiful, deceptively simple prose, she illuminates the relationship between parents and children and the expected and unexpected chasms that open between generations. McHugh’s characters—her Alzheimers-afflicted parents or her smart and rebellious teenagers—are always recognizable.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Air and Its Relatives”

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This week’s story is from Further Adventures in the Restless Universe by Dawn Raffel, published by Dzanc BooksThe 21 stories in Further Adventures in the Restless Universe are about fathers, daughters, mothers, sisters, husbands, wives, strangers, lovers, sons, neighbors, kings, death, faith, astronomical phenomena, and the way the heart warps time. Of her previous work, one reviewer stated, “Raffel takes conventions and smashes them to bits” and another called it “extreme literature.” Of Further Adventures, Publisher’s Weekly says, “Raffel’s stripped-to-the-bone prose is a model of economy and grace.”

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Bookslinger Update: “Home Schooling”

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This week’s story is from How to Fall by Edith Pearlman, published by Sarabande Books. How to Fall is a darkly humorous collection that welcomes the world’s immense variety with confidence. Spanning no fewer than four countries in sixty years, these sixteen stories flesh out the complexities of people who, at first glance, live ordinary, unremarkable lives. Widowers, old men, estranged spouses, young restaurant workers, career women and Jewish grandmothers are all at the center of Pearlman’s cool, studied observation. Each character is rendered with such unpredictable intricacy that they often astonish themselves just as much as the reader. Many of the stories either begin or wind their way back to one, mythical, two-by-three-mile Massachusetts town—Godolphin, a place that “called itself a town but was really a leafy wedge of Boston.”

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Bookslinger Update: “Start the Clock”

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This week’s story is from The Ant King and Other Stories by Benjamin Rosenbaum, published by Small Beer Press.

“Urbane without being arch, sweet without being maudlin, mysterious without being cryptic.”—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

A dazzling, postmodern debut collection of pulp and surreal fictions: a writer of alternate histories defends his patron’s zeppelin against assassins and pirates; a woman transforms into hundreds of gumballs; an emancipated children’s collective goes house hunting.

Benjamin Rosenbaum’s stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction and McSweeney’s, been translated into fourteen languages, and listed in The Best American Short Stories 2006. Shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula awards, Rosenbaum’s work has been reprinted in Harper’s and The Year’s Best Science Fiction. He lives in Switzerland with his family.

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