Short Stories

How to Breathe Underwater

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ISBN: 9781400034369
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Published: Vintage - April 12th, 2005

The stories in this collection are a handful of literary gems that provide emotionally resonant insight into the obstacles and victories of today’s teenage girls. The challenges the protagonists face range from a mother in the late stages of cancer, to a brother intent on passing his own pain on to his sister, and to a cousin who possesses extraordinary beauty.  While the stories are, at times, intense, they are also deeply honest and hopeful.

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Painted Cities

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ISBN: 9781938073809
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Published: McSweeney's - March 11th, 2014

Childlike imagination and gritty gang-filled reality follow and pass each other like speeding cars on a highway in this debut collection of short stories. With a voice that replicate both the deluded machismo of gangsters and the quiet sensitivity of despairing poets considering the desperation of urban poverty, Galaviz-Budzisewski’s stories explore friendship, family, hope, and desperation in vibrant and intoxicating prose. Chicago now has its own Junot Diaz.


The Unamericans

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ISBN: 9780393241136
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 3rd, 2014

An impressive debut collection of stories by a young writer. Many of the pieces have Jewish or Israel themes, but all the stories resonate with emotion and thoughtfulness. The characters are very real and accessible, and the plots remind me of Nathan Englander. A delightful read.


The New York Stories

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By John O'Hara, Steven Goldleaf (Editor), Steven Goldleaf (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143107095
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Published: Penguin Books - August 27th, 2013

Mix yourself a martini and sit down with this collection of short stories written by one of America’s foremost authors, John O’Hara, who had more of his stories published in The New Yorker than any other in the history of the magazine.  Sophisticated, witty, always sharply written, these stories are filled with a wide range of characters – society swells, dames and bartenders, young marrieds and stockbrokers. Written in the years 1930 – 1965, The New York Stories give us a glimpse into a world long gone.


Pieces for the Left Hand

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ISBN: 9781555975234
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 31st, 2009

Little stories with huge impact - try reading them out loud to a friend and you will be laughing or gasping and always wanting more. They are short but not always sweet. They are sly, amusing, and moving. “Fingers” is shocking, “Directions” is quite funny, and “Kiss” is almost sweet. All are very addicting, and a pleasure to read.


Amsterdam Stories

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By Nescio, Joseph O'Neill (Introduction by), Damion Searls (Translator)
ISBN: 9781590174920
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Published: New York Review of Books - March 20th, 2012

My favorite book of the year so far, this collection of short stories is beautiful, wise, and artistic. Reading it was like watching Casablanca, the lines and moments that should be cliche are powerful. Following a circle of artists, writers and thinkers, Nescio’s work explores and celebrates the world as an ever evolving font of creative potential.


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