Archive for the ‘Short Stories’ Category

A PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE FAMILY by Russell Banks

I have long been an admirer or Russell Banks’ work. This collection of short stories is excellent and many of them kept me riveted for the duration. The collection consists of twelve stories, most of them about the families we have and the families we make. Others are about the figments of truth that make up our experiences while we decide what is worth believing and what is not. The stories take place in different geographic settings from Florida to upstate New York to Portland, Oregon.

December 19, 2013 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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WE LIVE IN WATER by Jess Walter

The world isn’t kind to the characters in Jess Walter’s collection of 13 short stories. Each of them is a loser, living in a “frontier of stale and unfulfilled dreams:” careless fathers, scam artists, ex-cons, gamblers, incestuous brothers, drug abusers.

November 27, 2013 · Judi Clark · One Comment
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BEFORE THE END, AFTER THE BEGINNING by Dagoberto Gilb

Dagoberto Gilb’s latest book, BEFORE THE END, AFTER THE BEGINNING, although a slight collection, is loaded with insight and humor. It’s a book about identity, about the tension between limiting factors outside our control– our race, our class, our gender – and our complexity as individuals.

November 9, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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THE OUTLAW ALBUM by Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell is widely known for the movie adaptation of his novel, Winter’s Bone, which won the Sundance Film Festival’s Best Picture Prize in 2010. He has just published his first book of short stories, THE OUTLAW ALBUM, a collection of twelve dark and riveting stories.

November 1, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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FANTASTIC WOMEN edited by Rob Spillman

Yes, be careful. Be very careful. The eighteen women in this book write depth-charge stories with the power to disturb and detonate unseen. Do not be deceived by the bland and poorly-designed cover (which I hope is only temporary); none of these tales is ordinary, all are excellently crafted, and a few are exceptional. Joy Williams, in her excellent introduction, calls them “witty, spooky, disorienting, and artful.” They are all those, and also at some level deeply True.

October 19, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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BLUEPRINTS FOR BUILDING BETTER GIRLS by Elissa Schappell

Poor Holden Caulfield. In Catcher in the Rye, he muses, “Girls. You never know what they’re going to think.” How right he was! In Elissa Schappell’s new short story collection, the old blueprints for Appropriate Female Behavior — the name of a vintage etiquette manual, 1963 edition — have all been tossed away. And now the girls and women are forced to muddle through with the new rules: Be yourself but also be what your boyfriend, parents, and girlfriends want you to be as well.

October 11, 2011 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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