Monthly Archives: September 2013

Bookslinger Update: “Winter Term”

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This week’s story is from Mending by Sallie Bingham, published by Sarabande Books.

“Sallie Bingham binds her collection together with sheer talent. The title novella is absolutely first-rate—a skillfully suggestive amalgam of Katherine Mansfield and Eudora Welty. This same unblinking gaze is hard at work on the desperate terror of adolescent love (‘Winter Term’).”—James R. Frakes, The New York Times Book Review

“Sallie Bingham’s characters scrutinize their relationships with children, lovers, and their own treacherous souls. . . . Nearly every one of these flinty stories is a tiny masterpiece.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Hardened but not compromised by adult life, these luminous stories . . . feature narrators who find mature, often solitary forms of reckoning, and even happiness. . . . There is not a false note in Bingham’s striking collection.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Bookslinger Update: “Pride and Prometheus”

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This week’s story is from The Baum Plan for Financial Independence by John Kessel, published by Small Beer Press. A long-awaited collection of fourteen stories that intersect imaginatively with Pride and PrejudiceFrankensteinThe Wizard of Oz, and Flannery O’Connor. Kessel, whose story “A Clean Escape” was filmed as part of ABC’s Masters of Science Fiction, ranges through genres with a lean, graceful style that incorporates everything from future autobiography, alternate history, phone sex, perpetual motion, and his modern classic sequence of four stories about life on the moon. “Pride and Prometheus,” a story  involving characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, was the winner of the 2008 Nebula award for Best Novelette.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Dead Dad Game”

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This week’s story is from Suitable Precautions by Laura Boudreau, published by Biblioasis. When a woman discovers a fortune in the attic, she begins a pilgrimage that takes her to the knife-edge between blessing and curse. Two fatherless children think Mr. Crisander is nothing more than the creepy next-door neighbor—until they nearly kill his pot-bellied pig and learn the secrets of his past. A young girl talks about grade six, stealing cigarettes, and her sister’s no-food diet while being photographed by an Internet pornographer.

The stories of Suitable Precautions are fresh and haunting, resonant with the bitter beauty of lives derailed, reclaimed, celebrated, and questioned. By turns funny and absurd, unexpected and devastating, these stories reveal the strange and tenuous bonds between people in love, marriage, and friendship.

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Bookslinger Update: “Shadowboxing”

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This week’s story is from Dancing at the Gold Monkey by Allen Learst, published by Leapfrog Press. A young naval officer crashes his F-16 fighter jet in the South China Sea, forever changing the lives of the five soldiers who find his body. They move through gritty post-Vietnam Detroit with the women they love in this linked collection of psychological drama, sexual escapades, and latent violence tinged with compassion, grief, and love, arriving finally at the death of one man’s son in Iraq. Allen Learst’s writing explores an interior war—the war of the psyche fought by all returning soldiers—and their attempts to adapt and survive without the knowledge it takes to heal or alleviate their pain.

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