Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bookslinger Update: “The Monster in Winter”

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This week’s story comes from Love Among the Particles by Norman Lock, published by Bellevue Literary Press. Love Among the Particles is virtuosic storytelling, at once a poignant critique of our romance with technology and a love letter to language. In a whirlwind tour of space, time, and history, Norman Lock creates worlds that veer wildly from the natural to the supernatural via the pre-modern, mechanical, and digital ages. Whether reintroducing characters from the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Franz Kafka, and Gaston Leroux, or performing dizzying displays of literary pyrotechnics, these stories are nothing less than a compendium of the marvelous.

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Bookslinger Update: “Keeping the Peace”

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This week’s story is from Keeping the Peace by Colette Maitland, published by Biblioasis. A soldier’s wife struggles to reconnect with her daughter after her husband is killed overseas. A willful prostitute refuses the help of the enigmatic and evangelical Jared. A heart attack survivor perplexes his family with a newfound sense of religious euphoria, while a nursing home volunteer struggles against years’ worth of bad behaviour in one of her veteran patients. Character-driven, probing grief and insularity, Colette Maitland’s short fiction debut shows us the price of keeping the peace in a modern small town.

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Bookslinger Update: “When the World Broke”

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This week’s story is from The Era of Not Quite by Douglas Watson, published by BOA Editions, Ltd. Douglas Watson’s debut story collection is chock-a-block with deaths, births, sea and land voyages, excursions to the library, philosophical asides, and things like wolves. People fall in and out of love, walk in and out of buildings, take two steps forward and two steps back. Futility is a theme of the book, but so is the necessity of trying.

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Bookslinger Update: “Persuasion”

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This week’s story is from Recapture by Erica Olsen, published by Torrey House Press. The Utah Canyons WildMall gives tourists exactly what they want. An archivist preserves a rare map of a vanished Lake Tahoe. The Grand Canyon can only be visited in replica form. These stories—lyrical, deadpan, surreal—blur the line between the natural world and the world we make.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Rule Maker”

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This weeks story is from PEN/Faulkner winner Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, published by Cinco Puntos Press. Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s stories reveal how all borders–real, imagined, sexual, human, the line between dark and light, addict and straight–entangle those who live on either side. Take, for instance, the Kentucky Club on Avenida Juárez two blocks south of the Rio Grande. It’s a touchstone for each of Sáenz’s stories. His characters walk by, they might go in for a drink or to score, or they might just stay there for a while and let their story be told. Sáenz knows that the Kentucky Club, like special watering holes in all cities, is the contrary to borders. It welcomes Spanish and English, Mexicans and gringos, poor and rich, gay and straight, drug addicts and drunks, laughter and sadness, and even despair. It’s a place of rich history and good drinks and cold beer and a long polished mahogany bar. Some days it smells like piss. “I’m going home to the other side.” That’s a strange statement, but you hear it all the time at the Kentucky Club.

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