In Other Rooms, Other Wonders - Daniyal Mueenuddin

Grouped loosely around the wealthy landowner and businessman K.K. Harouni, the eight stories in Daniyal Mueenuddin’s fascinating debut collection, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W.W. Norton, $23.95), is an upstairs/downstairs look at contemporary Pakistani society. However well off, Mueenuddin’s characters are always concerned with sheer survival, whether it’s struggling with relatives over an inheritance, paying off the right politicians, making an advantageous marriage, starting an affair, or keeping on the good side of the senior servants. Often desperate, these figures find ingenious ways to get by; some simply work hard, despite the odds, while others develop a cutthroat opportunism. Then there’s Rezak, an impoverished gardener, dying of loneliness, whose “home and consolation” is the box he lives in, a kind of house made from debris, which Rezak dismantles and carts off each time he loses a job and must move on.

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ISBN: 9780393337204
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 16th, 2009

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories - Tobias Wolff

There are few writers whose storytelling can be enchanting and lyrical regardless of genre. Tobias Wolff may be best known for his memoir, This Boy’s Life, but his ability to plumb human emotion and suss out the details of daily life make him a master of the short story. Our Story Begins (Vintage, $15.95) gathers ten new works together with a broad swath of his beloved classics.  These tales operate with an internal logic that is at once precise and all encompassing.  Wolff’s characters are the perfect summertime treat (no story is longer than twenty pages) to be savored and enjoyed in short bursts or over a long afternoon.

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ISBN: 9781400095971
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2009

Dictation: A Quartet - Cynthia Ozick

Cynthia Ozick is a meticulous writer, and her latest fiction is the bounty of a long life of careful reading, deep thought, natural wit, and a relish of all things human, from foibles to manners to graver questions of history, religion, and language. All this—and more—figures in Dictation: A Quartet (Mariner, $13.95) of novellas. Different from one another in tone and subject, these stories range from a tour de force of historic fiction, premised on a friendship between the assistants to Henry James and Joseph Conrad; to a New York theatre’s revival of a Yiddish play and an old man’s rage; to a marriage of mercy between a pregnant maid and a visiting journalist in Mussolini’s Italy; to a family mystery involving a universal language to rival Esperanto.

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ISBN: 9780547237879
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Published: Mariner Books - April 14th, 2009