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Filled with erotic waywardness, this latest in the Coffee-To-Go Short-Short Story series is about characters who—wherever they maybe—are never at home.

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Filled with erotic waywardness, this latest in the Coffee-To-Go Short-Short Story series is about characters who—wherever they maybe—are never at home.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest in the publisher's Coffee-to-Go series brings together 33 extremely short stories into a rather short book. Most stories are set in Australia and New York and feature artists, curators and writers as the principal characters. In "House Hunting," a man mourns a lover who left him for a cook. "The man," as he is initially called or "the man whose lover left him for a cook," as he is subsequently called, seems less bothered by the fact that his lover has departed than that she left him for a cook. "Without Shame" tells how this same affluent man drives through a neighborhood filled with mansions even he can't afford in an attempt to deal with his grief. "Here, the man who is rich can feel poor; a poor man can be left for a cook without shame," states the narrator in this one-paragraph, one-page story. Another recurring character appears in "Brief Encounters" and "Bar Ecology," tales narrated by a bartender who says in the latter piece: "I let my customers do the talking. I do the listening." In both these longer stories and her tiny, vivid set pieces, Allen herself plays the listener. She holds her characters at a distance, rarely giving them names but instead according them the bemused attention of a good-natured deity. Feb.
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Table of Contents

House Hunting 11
The Pear 17
Tarantula 19
The Cockroach 21
Spoiled 22
The Fly 23
The Pain Is Coming 25
I Am Beautiful? 31
Earthly Pleasures 33
The Flat 35
Drawing 37
The Visitor 43
Brief Encounters 47
A Hole in Her Memory 53
The Whore 59
Marzipan 61
Attraction 65
Apples and Bananas 68
Her Room 71
The Terrace 73
Without Shame 75
The Mugger 77
The Beheading 79
The Door 81
Them 83
Without Fear 85
The Litter of Leaves 91
Bar Ecology 93
Reality 99
The Dangers of Lima 100
The Hat 103
Her Hair 105
Certain People 107
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