In these eleven stories, the individuals who lift the curtains of their orderly homes and workplaces are confronted with the bizarre, the grotesque, the fantastic, the alien--and find a doorway to liberation.
Author: Yukiko Motoya
Winner of the Akutagawa Prize and the Kenzaburo Oe Prize, these eleven surreal tales, set in the offices, zoos, bus stops, boutiques, and homes of contemporary Japan "are reminiscent, at least to this reader, of Joy Williams and Rivka Galchen and George Saunders" (Weike Wang, The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice). In the English-language debut of one of Japan’s most fearlessly inventive young writers a housewife takes up bodybuilding and sees radical changes to her physique, which her workaholic husband fails to notice. A boy waits at a bus stop, mocking commuters struggling to keep their umbrellas open in a typhoon, until an old man shows him that they hold the secret to flying. A saleswoman in a clothing boutique waits endlessly on a customer who won’t come out of the fitting room, and who may or may not be human. A newlywed notices that her spouse’s features are beginning to slide around his face to match her own. In these eleven stories, the individuals who lift the curtains of their orderly homes and workplaces are confronted with the bizarre, the grotesque, the fantastic, the alien--and find a doorway to liberation.
The Lonesome Bodybuilder WHEN I GOT HOME FROM THE SUPERMARKET,
my husband was watching a boxing match on TV. “I didn't know you watched this
kind of thing. I never would have guessed,” I said, putting down the bags of ...
Author: Yukiko Motoya
Publisher: Hachette UK
Winner of the Akutagawa Prize and the Kenzaburo Oe Prize A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice 'In Yukiko Motoya's delightful new story collection, the familiar becomes unfamiliar . . . Certainly the style will remind readers of the Japanese authors Banana Yoshimoto and Sayaka Murata, but the stories themselves?and the logic, or lack thereof, within their sentences?are reminiscent, at least to this reader, of Joy Williams and Rivka Galchen and George Saunders' ?Weike Wang, New York Times Book Review A housewife takes up bodybuilding and sees radical changes to her physique - which her workaholic husband fails to notice. A boy waits at a bus stop, mocking businessmen struggling to keep their umbrellas open in a typhoon - until an old man shows him that they hold the secret to flying. A woman working in a clothing boutique waits endlessly on a customer who won't come out of the fitting room - and who may or may not be human. A newlywed notices that her husband's features are beginning to slide around his face - to match her own. In these eleven stories, the individuals who lift the curtains of their orderly homes and workplaces are confronted with the bizarre, the grotesque, the fantastic, the alien - and, through it, find a way to liberation. Winner of the Kenzaburo Oe Prize, Picnic in the Storm is the English-language debut of one of Japan's most fearless young writers.
Fifty bucks?” “Why you want off'a nights? We the smartest and bestest looking
crew going.” Urrea preened and struck a bodybuilder's pose. “Boring as whale
shit.” Davis clenched his fists and struck a boxer's pose. “All the action's on day
Author: Trey R. Barker
Publisher: Down & Out Books
With Jace Salome’s partner out of the picture, she’s forced to delve into the world of online predators alone… Two bodies, recently beaten to death, are discovered on the edges of Zachary County. There is a recent attempt to break into the security office at a resort in nearby Rooster County. And the Zachary County Jail has exploded with seemingly random fights. A year into the job now, Deputy Sheriff Jace Salome is edging into being more comfortable with her role in the department. When she finds a smartphone in the jail she learns the random fights are anything but, that they have been filmed and then emailed from the phone to an intricate web of private email servers and access-only websites. And the fights seem to be directed from someone outside the jail. The two dead bodies, as well as the investigation of the resort break-in, and Jace’s look into the fights, all collide when she discovers that a dead girl had been in the Zachary County jail and that video exists of her getting beaten both in the jail and in the security office of the hotel. Jace realizes the darkest recesses of her imagination cannot keep up with reality. This is a world of technology and on-line predators, and the stakes are much higher than her pay-grade. Worse still…Jace Salome has to face this case alone Praise for Trey R. Barker and the Jace Salome novels: “A writer who walks the walk, Barker will show you the difficult and dark side of crime literature. Get the nerve to read him—you should.” —Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mystery series “Barker, a former journalist who works in law enforcement, has produced a noirish police procedural that’s gritty, violent, and utterly believable.” —Kirkus Reviews on Slow Bleed “With a ripped from the headlines plot and a twist that adds a real kick, this gritty mystery brings to mind the crime fiction of Kathryn Casey and Alanna Martin.” —Library Journal on East of the Sun “Introduced in Slow Bleed, Jace [Salome] is a fascinating protagonist, flawed and broken but determined to rebuild her life.” —Library Journal
She was a female bodybuilder who resembled the lncredible Hulk cartoon
character with a black wig on, but spoke with a little, squeaky high ... I sat on the
Lonesome Dove set in a saloon called The Ambrosia Club waiting for my next
Author: Bret Hart
Publisher: Random House
'Amazingly detailed and meticulously crafted ... Hitman will stand the test of time as one of the definitive wrestling biographies' Publishers Weekly 'Bret Hart still makes me believe that wrestling is good' Hulk Hogan 'Packed with drugs, sex, vicious family in-fighting and tales of life on the road ... Hart names names and lays it all bare in his own words' Globe and Mail A story of death, sex, betrayal and revenge; sweat, steroids and duplicity - wrestler Bret Hart lifts the lid on the wacky, mythic, secretive word of pro wrestling in this epic tell-all.
After his son and daughter - in - law ' s departure , the priest was lonesome in the
empty house . Sudama kept busy with his bodybuilding pals and cronies from his
raaslila group . What consolation could that company be to his father !
Publisher: books catalog
The stories in this anthology, some of them appearing for the first time in English translation, seek to give a larger view of Yashpal as a short-story writer as well as provide a taste of his forthright approach to the questions of his times. Whether exploring the theme of the complicity of the ruled with the rulers, or the unquestioning supplication of human beings to a deity or faith, or social reform and social protest, the stories are coloured by the author's deep concern for the India he fought for and dreamt of. In a world weary of territorial strife, religious rancour and social iniquities, the stories are perhaps more relevant today than when they were written almost fifty years back.
If I listen long enough I'll hear , “ Also at the ballpark today — Raymond Cope ,
that lonesome traveling man who just ... When I was a kid the hard decisions
were things like whether to send away for the Charles Atlas Bodybuilding Course
Author: Alex Hancock
Publisher: Creative Arts Book Company
Dying of lung disease, Hazard Harker looks back on his life while his grandson, Dwight Cope, a teenager, faces the challenges of growing up
Most of the guys work outdoors - construction usually , there still is a lot of that ,
even now - or in the bodybuilding gyms , or the industrial parks along 1 - 85 .
Both sexes are darkly and artificially tanned , even in the winter , and get drunk
Author: Allen Wier
Publisher: University Alabama Press
This is a collection of short stories by 24 of the many talented writers to have studied in The University of Alabama's Program in Creative Writing over the past 20 years.
Author: Keith L. Justice
Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub
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