DOMESTICATED WILD THINGS AND OTHER STORIES PRAIRIE SCHOONER BOOK PRIZE IN FICTION

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Domesticated Wild Things And Other Stories

Author : Xhenet Aliu
ISBN : 9780803271968
Genre : Fiction
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Just down the highway from Connecticut’s Gold Coast is the state’s rusty underbelly, the wretched, used-up sort of place where you might find Xhenet Aliu’s Domesticated Wild Things: the reluctant mothers, delinquent dads, and not-quite-feral children, yet dreamers all. These are the children of immigrants who found boarded-up brass mills instead of the gilded streets of America; they’re the teenaged girls raised in the fluorescent glow of Greek diners, the middle-aged men with pump trucks and teratomas. These are people who have fled, or who should have. And if they are indeed familiar, it is because Aliu writes what is real, whether we ourselves, her readers, have seen it up close or not. And her stories make sense in a way that matters. A young mother buys into a real-estate investment seminar offered on an infomercial, only to be put back into her place by a bully in foreclosure. A closeted wrestler befriends a latchkey seven-year-old neighbor who harbors secrets of her own. A YMCA counselor tries to reclaim shoes stolen by a troubled young camper. What they share is a biting humor, an eye for the absurd, and fumbling attempts at human connection, all rendered irresistible—and as moving as they are amusing—by a writer whose work is at once edgy and endearing and prize winning for reasons any reader can appreciate.
Category: Fiction

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize

Author : James Engelhardt
ISBN : 9780803246416
Genre : Poetry
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After ten years of selecting great books from writers, new and established, Prairie Schooner celebrates the first decade of its Book Prize series by offering this collection of excerpts from each year’s winners in fiction and poetry. Writers such as Brock Clarke, Anne Finger, Rynn Williams, and Paul Guest open windows to ordinary and fantastic experience showcasing the liveliness and power of contemporary literature. Greg Hrbek’s darkly comic, genre-bending tales stand alongside Ted Gilley’s stories about achieving bliss through pain and John Keeble’s reflections on community and the difficulty of love. Here Shane Book’s poems serve as an elegiac witness to suffering, while Kathleen Flenniken’s poems consider ordinary women constructing their own significance, and Kara Candito’s explore sex, loss, and human passions. Whether the topic is fantastic or quotidian, childbirth or monsters, South American airplane disaster or suburban Wisconsin, this writing carries us to the furthest reaches of human experience.
Category: Poetry

Black Jesus And Other Superheroes

Author : Venita Blackburn
ISBN : 9781496201867
Genre : Fiction
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Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes chronicles ordinary people achieving vivid extrasensory perception while under extreme pain. The stories tumble into a universe of the jaded and the hopeful, in which men and women burdened with unwieldy and undesirable superhuman abilities are nonetheless resilient in subtle and startling ways. Venita Blackburn's characters hurl themselves toward the inevitable fates they might rather wish away. Their stories play with magic without the sparkle, glaring at the internal machinations of the human spirit. Fragile symbols for things such as race, sexuality, and love are lifted, decorated, and exposed to scrutiny and awe like so many ruins of our imagination. Through it all Blackburn’s characters stumble along currents of language both thoughtful and hilarious.
Category: Fiction

Better Times

Author : Sara Batkie
ISBN : 9781496211972
Genre : FICTION
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Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, the stories in Better Times focus on what’s happening in places people don’t think to look. Women, sometimes displaced, often lonely, are at the heart of these stories. In Better Times Sara Batkie focuses on the moments in women’s lives when the wider world is wrapped up in other matters: a father and daughter, separated by time and an ocean, dreaming of each other; a girl in a home for “troubled women” imagining the journey of the first dog in space; a phantom breast returning to haunt a woman after her mastectomy; a young woman giving birth to a litter of eggs. Such are the ordinary women weathering extraordinary circumstances in Better Times. Divided into three sections covering the recent past, our current era, and the world to come, the stories gathered here—with characters stymied by loneliness, motherhood, illness, even cataclysmic climate change—interrogate the idea that so-called better times ever existed, particularly for women.
Category: FICTION

Brass

Author : Xhenet Aliu
ISBN : 9780399590252
Genre : Fiction
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“A fierce, big-hearted, unflinching debut”* novel about mothers and daughters, haves and have-nots, and the stark realities behind the American Dream *Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND REAL SIMPLE A waitress at the Betsy Ross Diner, Elsie hopes her nickel-and-dime tips will add up to a new life. Then she meets Bashkim, who is at once both worldly and naïve, a married man who left Albania to chase his dreams—and wound up working as a line cook in Waterbury, Connecticut. Back when the brass mills were still open, this bustling factory town drew one wave of immigrants after another. Now it’s the place they can’t seem to leave. Elsie, herself the granddaughter of Lithuanian immigrants, falls in love quickly, but when she learns that she’s pregnant, Elsie can’t help wondering where Bashkim’s heart really lies, and what he’ll do about the wife he left behind. Seventeen years later, headstrong and independent Luljeta receives a rejection letter from NYU and her first-ever suspension from school on the same day. Instead of striking out on her own in Manhattan, she’s stuck in Connecticut with her mother, Elsie—a fate she refuses to accept. Wondering if the key to her future is unlocking the secrets of the past, Lulu decides to find out what exactly her mother has been hiding about the father she never knew. As she soon discovers, the truth is closer than she ever imagined. Told in equally gripping parallel narratives with biting wit and grace, Brass announces a fearless new voice with a timely, tender, and quintessentially American story. Praise for Brass “Lustrous . . . a tale alive with humor and gumption, of the knotty, needy bond between a mother and daughter . . . [Brass] marks the arrival of a writer whose work will stand the test of time.”—O: The Oprah Magazine “An exceptional debut novel, one that plumbs the notion of the American Dream while escaping the clichés that pursuit almost always brings with it . . . [Xhenet] Aliu delivers a living, breathing portrait of places left behind.”—The Boston Globe “The writing blazes on the page. . . . So much about the book is also extraordinarily timely, especially when it focuses on class and culture, and what they really mean.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Aliu is witty and unsparing in her depiction of the town and its inhabitants, illustrating the granular realities of the struggle for class mobility.”—The New Yorker
Category: Fiction

Upstate

Author :
ISBN : 1942084595
Genre : Photography
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"Upstate" records the imprint of American industrial and agricultural history left on settings in and around Hudson, including the rural communities of Germantown and Livingston. Combining poetry with realism, the images express a quiet beauty and mystery in the vernacular architecture and artifacts reflecting the industrial era and rural settings in upstate New York and the shifting economic realities over time.
Category: Photography

Asymmetrie

Author : Lisa Halliday
ISBN : 9783446261273
Genre : Fiction
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Es beginnt mit einer Eiswaffel, auf einer Bank im Central Park. Hals über Kopf stürzt sich Alice in eine Lovestory mit dem berühmten Schriftsteller Ezra Blazer. Sie ist 25, er in seinen Siebzigern. Ein erotisches, tragikomisches Kammerspiel – doch dann setzt eine ganz andere Erzählung ein. Amar, ein amerikanisch-irakischer Doktorand auf dem Weg nach Nahost, wird am Londoner Flughafen in Gewahrsam genommen. Und landet im Vakuum von Wartesälen und endlosen Verhören. Subtil verwebt Lisa Halliday die zwei so ungleichen Geschichten zu einem kühnen, provokanten Roman. Sie schreibt über die Machtgefälle, die unsere Welt durchziehen, zwischen Jung und Alt, Glück und Talent, dem Persönlichen und Politischen.
Category: Fiction

Dein Letztes Solo

Author : Sona Charaipotra
ISBN : 9783641152680
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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Wenn Talent und Schönheit nicht mehr reichen ... musst du zu anderen Mitteln greifen Die Ballettakademie im Herzen Manhattans ist eine der besten des Landes. Den jungen Tänzerinnen wird einiges abverlangt. Für die ehrgeizige Bette kein Problem. Schließlich gilt es, ihrer Schwester nachzueifern, einer berühmten Ballerina. Ganz anders die freigeistige Giselle, die zwar immer nur tanzen wollte, auf das harte Training aber wenig Lust hat. Die perfektionistische June schließlich gibt immer alles – und es reicht doch nie so ganz. Als die Nussknacker-Aufführung bevorsteht, geraten die drei in einen erbitterten Konkurrenzkampf: Wer von ihnen wird die Rolle der Primaballerina bekommen? Doch nur eine ist bereit, alles dafür zu tun, wirklich alles ...
Category: Young Adult Fiction

Die Au Enseiter

Author : Jaimy Gordon
ISBN : 9783841204301
Genre : Fiction
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Riders on the Storm Tommy Hansels Plan ist der folgende: Lass vier Gäule laufen, die besser sind, als sie aussehen. Mach einen hübschen Reibach und dich schleunigst aus dem Staub. Aber schon im ersten Rennen siegt das falsche Pferd. Dann taucht aus dem Nichts ein Rappe auf, der des Teufels ist und das Schicksal aller wendet. Jaimy Gordons Roman ist voller Rhythmus, Originalität und Hingabe. Sie erzählt von Trainern, Jockeys und Kredithaien – verletzten, einsamen Bewohnern des amerikanischen Niemandslands. Doch so wie Tommys Freundin Maggie zu den geschundenen, aber schönen Pferden Zuneigung entwickelt, führt Gordon die ermatteten Hoffnungen jeder ihrer Figuren zum Ursprung allen Glücks zurück. Als Außenseiter gestartet, wurde dieses Buch in Amerika zur Sensation und als wichtigster Roman des Jahres ausgezeichnet. Brillant beschreibt Jaimy Gordon eine dunkelschöne Welt, die den amerikanischen Traum vergessen hat und in der das Menschenglück von einem einzigen Pferd abhängt. »Eine unerreichte Musikalität der Sprache.« Jury des National Book Award »Elegant und erfindungsreich.« New York Times »Komplex und fein gezeichnet.« The New Yorker »Wunderschön geschrieben.« The Washington Post National Book Award Winner
Category: Fiction

Die Besondere Traurigkeit Von Zitronenkuchen

Author : Aimee Bender
ISBN : 9783827074256
Genre : Fiction
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Als Rose an einem strahlenden Frühlingstag kurz vor ihrem neunten Geburtstag in ein Stück Zitronenkuchen beißt, den ihre Mutter für sie gebacken hat, muss sie feststellen, dass zwischen den frischen Zitronen, dem Zucker und der Butter eindeutig ein Hauch Traurigkeit liegt. Und plötzlich schmeckt der Marmeladentoast ihres Bruders Joseph seltsam abwesend, das Roastbeef ihres Vaters nach Schuldgefühlen, ein Sandwich nach großer Verliebtheit: Jeder Bissen offenbart mehr, als Rose lieb ist - und erst im Laufe der Jahre lernt sie, mit ihrer Gabe umzugehen.Ein herzzerreißender, komischer Familienroman, der uns die Frage stellt, wie viel wir wirklich von unseren Liebsten wissen.
Category: Fiction