What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky

Author: Lesley Nneka Arimah
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472239628
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'Remarkable range and exquisite prose' Ayobami Adebayo, Guardian Books of the Year A stunning collection of short stories from Caine-Prize shortlisted and Commonwealth Writer's Prize winner Lesley Nneka Arimah, WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY has been described as 'luminous' (Roxane Gay), 'mesmeric' (Claire Vaye Watkins) and 'hilarious and heartbreaking' (Rowan Hisayo Buchanan). Shot through with magic and a powerful sense of yearning, this is a diverse and dazzling collection that showcases the work of a major new talent at the beginning of a stellar literary career. 'When Enebeli Okwara sent his girl out in the world, he did not know what the world did to daughters'. The daughters, wives and mothers in Lesley Nneka Arimah's remarkable debut collection find themselves in extraordinary situations: a woman whose mother's ghost appears to have stepped out of a family snapshot, another who, exhausted by childlessness, resorts to fashioning a charmed infant out of human hair, a 'grief worker' with a miraculous ability to remove emotional pain - at a price. What unites them is the toughness of the world they inhabit, a world where the future is uncertain, opportunities are scant, and fortunes change quicker than the flick of a switch. Characterised by their vividness, immediacy and the author's seemingly endless ability to conjure worlds at once familiar and unsettlingly different, this collection showcases the work of an extraordinarily talented writer at the start of a brilliant career.

Pen America Best Debut Short Stories 2018

Author: Jodi Angel
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781936787937
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The essential yearly guide to the newest voices in fiction, selected by in 2018 by judges Jodi Angel, Lesley Nneka Arimah, and Alexandra Kleeman.

If The Sky Falls

Author: Nicholas Montemarano
Publisher: LSU Press
ISBN: 0807145491
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If the Sky Falls is the debut short-story collection from award-winning fiction writer Nicholas Montemarano. These eleven stories show why Jayne Anne Phillips has called Montemarano "an American stylist capable of redeeming our darkest dreams." Redemption in these intense and sometimes violent stories is found in the lyrical prose, in the act of storytelling itself. A young man tries to rescue his sister from her abusive lover, and in the process must revisit his own family's violent history ("Note to Future Self"); a home healthcare worker pops pills and takes two men with cerebral palsy to a strip club ("The Usual Human Disabilities"); a man has a breakdown years after witnessing a brutal murder and doing nothing to help the victim ("The Other Man"). In "The November Fifteen," a man is taken from his home and tortured, though he has no idea why; when he returns home he finds a different kind of torture awaiting him. Two of the stories -- "Shift" and the Pushcart Prize--winning "The Worst Degree of Unforgivable" -- are stylistic tours de force. But style in this collection is always at the service of story. Montemarano's fiction maintains that rare balance between traditional storytelling and experimentation: his work is innovative without being flashy, sincere without being sentimental. In an age of hype, If the Sky Falls truly is the real thing -- an original and important achievement in the short-story form.

Things That Fall From The Sky

Author: Selja Ahava
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1786075423
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One quirk of fate can send life spiralling in the most unexpected direction... Things that Fall from the Sky is a stunning narrative that explores the unexpected and inexplicable nature of reality. Three lives are changed forever by a series of random events: a young girl loses her mother when a block of ice falls from the sky; a woman wins the jackpot twice; and a man is struck by lightning four times. Selja Ahava weaves together these unique stories in a charming, one-of-a-kind tale about just how far people will go to force life into a logical pattern they can make sense of. Things that Fall from the Sky is a story of everyday life. But it is also a meditation on the passing of time, the endurance of love and the pain of loss. This prize-winning novel by one of Finland’s best-loved writers is now touching readers’ hearts all over the world, painting an unforgettable picture of the unforeseen twists and turns that can define a lifetime.

Inside Stories

Author: Judy Robertson
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0955981700
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Five travellers meet on a train: a teacher, a technologist, an educational researcher and two children. As they travel across the continent towards the Future of Learning conference, they exchange their stories. This book explores the ways in which new technology can support storytelling skills in learners. Written in the form of discussions between teachers, learners and researchers, it is an accessible introduction to issues in educational storytelling and technology. "A challengingly thoughtful book about narrative, daringly written in the narrative form.Bravo!" Jerome Bruner, New York University. "This is the perfect introduction to the possibilities of narrative learning...I warmly recommend Inside Stories: A Narrative Journey to creative educators of every variety." Dr Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Early Stories

Author: Anton Chekhov
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192837561
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`Even if he had written nothing else', Ivan Bunin wrote of Chekhov's early stories, `we would still have said that an amazing mind had flashed through Russian literature'. His youthful work immediately established Chekhov as a leading writer of both comic and serious fiction. The humorous tales have delighted Russians since the 1880s, while the many admirers of the more serious stories include James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield. In this selection, stories with punchy endings jostle with outrageous paradies, fracical situations, the pastoral comedy of Romance with Double-Bass, and the absurdist humour of classics such as The Death of a Civil Servant. But the volume also contains some of Chekhov's finest stories about children, `non-love' stories like The Little Joke and The Kiss, the hauntingly lyrical Easter Night, and the chilling Let Me Sleep. This translation does full justice to the masterful range of the young Chekhov; for those unfamiliar with his early work this edition will be a revelation.

The Old Stone House And Other Stories

Author: Anna Katharine Green
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1627937064
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Short stories written by Anna Katharine Green. This collection includes: The Old Stone House, A Memorable Night, The Black Cross, A Mysterious Case, Shall He Wed Her?

Pen America Best Debut Short Stories 2019

Author: Carmen Maria Machado
Publisher: Catapult
ISBN: 1948226359
Size: 51.93 MB
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The essential annual guide to the newest voices in short fiction Every year, PEN America Best Debut Short Stories celebrates twelve outstanding stories by today’s most promising new fiction writers and the literary magazines that discovered them. Selections for the third volume of the anthology will be made by three judges, Danielle Evans, Alice Sola Kim, and Carmen Maria Machado. Each story comes with commentary by the editors who first published it, explaining what made them pick it out of the submission pile and why they were moved to share it with readers.

True Angel Stories

Author: Diana Cooper
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1844099148
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This inspiration book of 777 true angel stories explores how angels can transform lives through exercises and visualisations that readers can practice on their own. Stories discuss guardian angels, feathers, signs, rainbows, prayers, numbers and names, unicorns, orbs and much, much more, making this the ultimate angel compendium.