A Land of Ash

The Yellowstone Caldera has erupted as soon as each 600,000 years. We’re 40,000 years late. A LAND OF ASH Lava flows stretch for enormous quantities of miles. A cloud of ash billows east, burying the Midwest, destroying plants, and falling upon the Pacific Coast like a hot, useless snow. The remnants of the U.S. flees south because the international temperatures plummet. Amid this overall devastation are tales of households, neighbors, sons and fathers and better halves: the survivors. inside of are 11 tales targeting the human section of the sort of disaster, from an aged couple accumulating to watch for their demise to a father sealing his defend in hopes of conserving the air breathable for his daughter. Contributing to this assortment comprise many renowned and up-and-coming self reliant authors, together with David McAfee, Daniel Arenson, and extra.

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Jeffrey Archer Presents: New Wife by Mark Trainer

By Mark Trainer

In social gathering of Jeffrey Archer's most modern brief tale assortment, And Thereby Hangs a story, St. Martin's Press backed the "Jeffrey Archer Presents" brief tale festival. number one manhattan instances bestselling writer and grasp of the quick tale Jeffrey Archer is understood for the perfect wit and well timed revelations in his stories, and now with this brief tale festival he has had the chance to acknowledge those self same remarkable presents in winner Mark Trainer's New Wife.

What if you happen to awakened with a life of stories yet have been not able to acknowledge the spouse you shared such a lot of of them with? That's precisely what occurs to Danny whilst his spouse Eve comes down the stairs one morning. Her hair, her mouth, her hands--everything--it's all improper. He's convinced it's simply now not her. yet then why is Danny the single person who doesn't realize this "new wife?"

"This is a relocating tale, good instructed and fantastically written."
—Jeffrey Archer

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Reckless Hearts: A Story of Slim Hawks and Ernest Hemingway by Melanie Benjamin

By Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin introduces readers to the lavish, heady global of her novel The Swans of 5th road with this particular book brief tale! during this captivating prequel, ny society and Hollywood royalty collide in the course of the doomed and decadent lifetime of Ernest Hemingway.

Spain, 1959. narrow Hawks Hayward loves to imagine she doesn't get jealous. but if her expensive good friend Lauren "Betty" Bacall learns that Papa Hemingway has come to observe the bullfights and insists that slender make introductions, she can't support feeling protecting. slender has identified Papa for years. He consistently makes her believe just like the most pretty girl within the room—even while his spouse is status correct beside him. fact learn, slender can have realized to like him all these years in the past, within the streets of Havana or the mountains of the yankee West. Now, narrow is certain that Papa will fall for Betty. What she doesn't count on is the sensation that Papa himself has changed—and their courting is just not the same.

Features an enthralling preview of Melanie Benjamin's hugely expected novel The Swans of 5th street!

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The United States Has Gone Mad by John Le Carré

By John Le Carré

This text was once written in January 2003: months sooner than the UN refused to authorize Bush and Blair's projected invasion of Iraq. The United international locations had develop into a spotlight for the hopes of many competitors of the warfare. but in June 2004, the UN went directly to recommend the profession of Iraq in answer 1546. The Pentagon has now rebranded the warfare on Terror because the lengthy struggle, and the United States seems to be environment its attractions on Iran. whereas the media recites mantras approximately spreading freedom and democracy within the center East, Washington maintains to sentence these international locations - Palestine, Venezuela, Iran - that opt for someone except the US's most well-liked candidate. the USA is descending extra into insanity, unchecked by means of both the structure or the voters. In Britain, for so long as we now have Tony Blair making a song an identical lies as George Bush, America's hallucinations and nightmares may be ours.

From the ebook, "Not another Death", an anthology of articles.

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The Dead Are More Visible by Steven Heighton

By Steven Heighton

An astoundingly unique and tightly curated selection of tales from the award-winning writer of Every misplaced Country and Afterlands.

It is remarkably effortless to just accept Al Purdy's statement that Steven Heighton--renowned for his craftsmanship, risk-taking, perception and range--"is the most effective writers of his iteration, might be the best." The lifeless Are extra Visible highlights his strengths at writing fiction that doesn't sacrifice humour, intensity and emotion for the sake of brevity. those eleven profoundly relocating and finely crafted tales encapsulate wildly divergent topics of affection and loss, containment and exclusion. within the name tale, a parks & rec employee faces an assailant who doesn't go away the altercation intact. A clinical researcher and his claustrophobic fiancée are locked within the trunk in their automobile after a failed carjacking (the thief can't force standard). a tender girl enters a pharmaceutical trial within the outer reaches of suburbia and slips among snoozing and waking with more and more alarming ease. Pairing the cultural acuity of Lost in Translation with the compassion and succeed in of The global in accordance with Garp, Heighton breathes new existence into the quick tale, a style that's ultimately getting into its personal.

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The Cat's Pajamas: Stories by Ray Bradbury

By Ray Bradbury

From the winner of the nationwide booklet Foundations' 2000 Medal for wonderful Contribution to American Letters comes a "sweet, humorous . . . thought–provoking" (Milwaukee magazine Sentinel) selection of brief stories.

As in his most up-to-date significant fiction collections, One extra for the Road (1999) and Driving Blind (1997), Ray Bradbury has once more pulled jointly a stellar workforce of news guaranteed to pride readers of every age. In The Cat's Pyjamas we're taken care of to a treasure trove of Bradbury gem stones outdated and new –– eerie and unusual, nostalgic and bittersweet, looking out and speculative –– all yet of that have by no means been released ahead of. The Cat's Pyjamas is a joyous social gathering of the lifelong paintings of a literary legend.

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The Collected Stories by Leonard Michaels

By Leonard Michaels

“Leonard Michaels’s tales stand along these of his top Jewish contemporaries—Grace Paley and Philip Roth.” —Mona Simpson, The ny occasions e-book evaluate

“Leonard Michaels used to be an unique . . . with a concise, smelly and pyrotechnic variety that tolerated no flab.” —Phillip Lopate, The country

“As reliable as any author you’re more likely to run across.” —Alex Abramovich, Bookforum

Leonard Michaels was once a grasp of the quick tale. His collections are one of the such a lot famous, influential, and interesting of the final part century. The gathered tales brings them again into print, from the miraculous debut Going locations (1969) to the uncollected final tales, unavailable given that they seemed within the New Yorker, Threepenny assessment, and Partisan Review.

At each degree in his occupation, Michaels produced taut, spare stories of intercourse, love, and different grownup intimacies: gossip, argument, friendship, guilt, rage. A fearless writer--"destructive, pleased, fantastic, merely creative," within the phrases of John Hawkes--Michaels probed his characters' motivations with brutal humor and startling frankness; his ear for the vernacular places him within the corporation of Philip Roth, Grace Paley, and Bernard Malamud. amazing for its compression and cadences, his prose is little short of addictive.

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Collected Short Stories Volume 2 by W. Somerset Maugham

By W. Somerset Maugham

The tales during this assortment movement from Malaya to the USA and England, and contain a few of Maugham's most renowned stories; 'Flotsam and Jetsam', the tale of an previous girl trapped for years in a loveless marriage within the distant rubber plantations; 'The guy with the Scar', and significantly the hole tale 'The Vessel of Wrath', a story of the unforeseen love that grows among a religious missionary nurse and a drunken reprobate. during this moment quantity of his accumulated tales, Maugham illustrates his attribute wry notion of human foibles and his genius for evoking compelling drama from an acute feel of time and position.

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Collected Stories by Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa, J. S. Bernstein

By Gabriel García Márquez, Gregory Rabassa, J. S. Bernstein

Amassed tales brings jointly lots of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's spellbinding brief tales, each one brimming with a mix of the surreal, the mystical, and the typical that Nobel-Prize-winner and writer of 1 Hundred Years of Solitude Marquez is understood for.

Sweeping via crumbling cities, vacationing gala's and windswept ports, Gabriel Garcia Marquez introduces a bunch of remarkable characters and groups in his mesmerising stories of way of life: smugglers, bagpipers, the President and Pope on the funeral of Macondo's respected matriarch; a each outdated angel with huge, immense wings, stranded in a tender couple's again backyard; a city stricken by demise birds that fall from the sky and an awestruck village captivated via a gorgeous drowned sailor. Teeming with the paranormal oddities for which his novels are enjoyed, Marquez's tales are a delight.

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