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2011 World Fantasy Award Winner for Best Collection

Praise for Karen Joy Fowler:

"No contemporary writer creates characters more appealing, or examines them with greater acuity and forgiveness."—Michael Chabon

"Fowler's witty writing is a joy to read."—USA Today

In her moving and elegant new collection, New York Times bestseller Karen Joy Fowler writes about John Wilkes Booth's younger brother, a one-winged man, a California cult, and a pair of twins, and she digs into our past, present, and future in the quiet, witty, and incisive way only she can.

The sinister and the magical are always lurking just below the surface: for a mother who invents a fairy-tale world for her son in "Halfway People"; for Edwin Booth in "Edwin's Ghost," haunted by his fame as "America's Hamlet" and his brother's terrible actions; for Norah, a rebellious teenager facing torture in "The Pelican Bar" as she confronts Mama Strong, the sadistic boss of a rehabilitation facility; for the narrator recounting her descent in "What I Didn't See."

With clear and insightful prose, Fowler's stories measure the human capacities for hope and despair, brutality and kindness. This collection, which includes two Nebula Award winners, is sure to delight readers, even as it pulls the rug out from underneath them.

Karen Joy Fowler (karenjoyfowler.com) is the author of five novels, including Wit's End, PEN/Faulkner finalist Sister Noon, and New York Times bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club. Her collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children, live in Santa Cruz, California.

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In her moving and elegant new collection, "New York Times"-bestselling author Fowler writes about John Wilkes Booth's younger brother, a California cult, and a pair of twins, and she digs into our past, present, and future in the quiet, witty, and incisive way only she can.

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Stories that slip up behind you and break your heart before you know it.

About the Author

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of five novels, including Wits End and The Jane Austen Book Club, which spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list, was a New York Times Notable Book, and was adapted as a major motion picture from Sony Pictures. Her novel Sister Noon was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, and her short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award. She has co-edited three volumes of The James Tiptree Award Anthology and wrote the introduction to the recent Penguin edition of The Complete Novels of Jane Austen. Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children, live in Santa Cruz, California.

Table of Contents

The Pelican Bar

Booths Ghost

The Last Worders

The Dark

Always

Familiar Birds

Private Grave 9

The Marianas Islands

Halfway People

Standing Room Only

What I Didnt See

King Rat

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CTH, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by CTH)
This is an excellent collection of short stories. Fowler's use of details makes even the most fantastic premise vital, and her understanding of the complexity of life gives each exceedingly cool premise an emotional punch. Read it now!
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themcneals, May 5, 2011 (view all comments by themcneals)
I've loved Karen Joy Fowler ever since reading Sarah Canary. These stories, like that novel, are quietly astonishing and hugely accomplished. It's not just that Fowler is witty, although she is, but that she never uses her wit superficially. Her characters reside in strange, sometimes fantastic worlds, and yet they're utterly human. The last story in the collection, in particular, has stayed with me: a haunting evocation of the Pied Piper myth that I find myself wanting to read again and to press on every reader I know.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781931520683
Author:
Fowler, Karen Joy
Publisher:
Small Beer Press
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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