Emma Donoghue, author of the international bestseller Room, delivers a volume of short stories that showcase her powers of invention and eye for strange figures in history — from the Tammany Hall bigwig who turned out to a be a woman to the conspirators who tried to hold Abraham Lincoln’s body for ransom.
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The uncategorizable tales of Robert Sheckley ranged from hilarious social satires to haunting science-fiction fables. Jonathan Lethem and Alex Abramovich have collected the most potent of his myriad visions in this new volume.
A tiger mauls his handler out of affection. A woman prepares Thanksgiving dinner with her husband sprawled dead on the floor. A man, the executioner of the title, seeks to assure his new wife that he’s not a bad person. The characters in Rajesh Parameswaran’s stories navigate the uncertain ground between love and death, where passion and violence meet and meld. A daring debut told in the author’s charged, poetic style.
Adam Levin follows up his sprawling debut novel, The Instructions, with a collection of compact gems. Hot Pink contains ten short stories that concern themselves with the uncanny and absurd mysteries of life. As Levin himself wittily confides: “There’s a story about a legless girl who’s in love with a girl who has both legs, a story about a doll that pukes, a story about some violent mimes, a story about a comedian with dementia, and then six or seven other stories about none of the above.”
Eight new stories from an emerging master of the form seek “the narrow strait between hilarity and heartwreck.”