POWER BALLADS IOWA SHORT FICTION AWARD

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Power Ballads

Author : Will Boast
ISBN : 9781609380434
Genre : Fiction
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Real musicians don’t sign autographs, date models, or fly in private jets. They spend their lives in practice rooms and basement clubs or toiling in the obscurity of coffee-shop gigs, casino jobs, and the European festival circuit. The ten linked stories in Power Ballads are devoted to this unheard virtuoso: the working musician. From the wings of sold-out arenas to hip-hop studios to polka bars, these stories are born out of a nocturnal world where music is often simply work, but also where it can, in rare moments, become a source of grace and transcendence, speaking about the things we never seem to say to each other. A skilled but snobby jazz drummer joins a costumed heavy metal band to pay his rent. A country singer tries to turn her brutal past into a successful career. A vengeful rock critic reenters the life of an emerging singer-songwriter, bent on wreaking havoc. The characters in Power Ballads—aging head-bangers, jobbers, techno DJs, groupies, and the occasional rock star (and those who have to live with them)—need music to survive, yet find themselves lost when the last note is played, the lights go up, and it’s time to return to regular life. By turns melancholy and hilarious, Power Ballads is not only a deeply felt look at the lives of musicians but also an exploration of the secret music that plays inside us all.
Category: Fiction

November Storm

Author : Robert Oldshue
ISBN : 9781609384517
Genre : Fiction
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"In each of the stories in Robert Oldshue's debut collection, the characters want to be decent but find that hard to define. In the first story, an elderly couple is told that delivery of their Thanksgiving dinner has been canceled due to an impending blizzard. Unwilling to have guests but nothing to serve them, they make a run to the grocery, hoping to get there and back before the snow, but crash their car into the last of their neighbors. In "The Receiving Line," a male prostitute tricks a closeted suburban schoolteacher only to learn that the trick is on him. "The Field Of Machpelah" features a twenty-something, premed dropout who is guarding a cemetery when a man asks to see his wife's prepaid plot before the hospital disconnects her life support. In "Home Depot," a family uses their foul-mouthed love to survive the birth of a malformed child. A psychiatrist confronts his fear of the past to help a patient in the present in "Mass Mental." In "The Woman On The Road," a twelve-year-old girl negotiates the competing demands of her faith and her family as she is bat mitzvahed in the feminist ferment of the 1980s. The lessons she learns are the lessons learned by a ten-year-old boy in "Fergus B. Fergus," after which, in "Summer Friend," two women and one man renegotiate their sixty-year intimacy when sadly, but inevitably, one of them gets ill. "The Home Of The Holy Assumption" offers a benediction. A quadriplegic goes missing at a nursing home. Was she assumed? In the process of finding out, all are reminded that caring for others, however imperfectly--even laughably--is the only shot at assumption we have. In upstate New York, a November storm is one that comes early in the season. If it catches people off-guard, it can change them in the ways Oldshue's characters are changed by different but equally surprising storms"--
Category: Fiction

Epilogue

Author : Will Boast
ISBN : 9781847088222
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When Will Boast's father dies he is alone in the world: an American with distant English roots, orphaned, and derailed by grief. Everything he thought he knew about his parents unravels when he discovers he has two half-brothers living in England. In exquisite prose Will Boast sets about piecing together a new sense of himself, attempting as he does to understand, forgive and heal the mistakes of his father's past.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Daphne

Author : Will Boast
ISBN : 9781783781508
Genre : Fiction
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Daphne suffers from a rare medical condition; her body shuts down when she feels strong emotions. As a result she has built strong walls between herself and the world, avoiding passion, anger, disappointment and surprise. But when she meets Ollie, who seems to see through her armour, who seems to want to know the real Daphne, her carefully built defences begin to crumble. In this gripping and tender modern myth, Will Boast explores the unexamined assumptions we make about our bodies and our relationships through the prism of a soulful contemporary love story.
Category: Fiction

The Spectator

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Author : جمال الغيطاني
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Genre : Fiction
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الحدث الذي يزعزع الوجود الهش لسكان حارة الزعفراني غريب ومقلق؛ فكل سكان الحارة يفقدون قدرتهم الجنسية عدا شخص واحد غير معروف. هنا يتحرر الروائي من أشكال الكتابة المقدسة التي تدغدغ حواس القارئ المعتاد على الكتابات سريعة الإنتشار، مما يجعله يواجه دائما صعوبات جمة ليفتح طريقه باتجاه التعرف على العمل. أعمال جمال الغيطاني الكبيرة تشكل-تمامًا كما تشكل أعمال الكاتب المكسيكي "كارلوس فوينتس" في اللغة الإسبانية- عمارة جميلة، معمارها وشكلها يمكن الإحساس بهما عبر مسافة طويلة. حانية التجربة الشخصية التي يبدو فيها الظاهر غلافًا وكاشفًا للباطن.
Category: Fiction