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Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer, Shirley Jordan

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Drinking Coffee Elsewhere An outstanding debut story collection Z Z Packer s i Drinking Coffee Elsewhere i has attracted as much book world buzz as a triple espresso Yet surprisingly there are no gimmicks in these eight stories Their combination of tenderness humor and apt unexpected detail set them apart In the title story published in the i New Yorker i s summer Debut Fiction issue a Yale freshman is sent to a psychotherapist who tries to get her black bright motherless possibly lesbian to stop pretending when she is sure that pretending is what got her this far Speaking in Tongues describes the adventures of an Alabama church girl of who takes a bus to Atlanta to try to find the mother who gave her up Looking around the Montgomery Greyhound station she wonders if it has changed much since the Reverend King s days She tried to imagine where the Colored and Whites Only signs would have hung then realized she didn t have to All five blacks waited in one area all three whites in another Packer s prose is wielded like a kitchen knife so familiar to her hand that she could use it with her eyes shut This is a debut not to miss i Regina Marler i

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Celebrated writer ZZ Packer takes the editorial helm of Algonquin s signature series selecting rock solid stories that reflect the geography people and way of life in the South, The Fall issue of Ploughshares guest edited by Margot Livesey Ploughshares a journal of new writing is guest edited serially by prominent writers who explore different and personal visions aesthetics and literary circles br br Acclaimed novelist Margot Livesey Criminals Eva Moves the Furniture compiles this fiction issue of Ploughshares In her Introduction Livesey looks at whether reading fiction in the face of the world s problems is simple escapism One of the principal virtues of reading fiction she argues has always been that more than biography or memoir more than history it allows us to pour our own inchoate lives our own confused and confusing experiences into those of another and in so doing to begin to organize that experience and to have a larger life Reading good fiction is opposite of escapism br br Featuring authors like Haruki Murakami ZZ Packer Ron Carlson and many others this fiction issue is an opportunity to pour ourselves into several unforgettable lives br br INTRODUCTION br Margot Livesey br br EDITOR PROFILE br Jill Maio br br FICTION br br Shadowboxing by Jeffrey Renard Allen br Your Borders Your Rivers Your Tiny Villages by Amy Bloom br Some of Our Work with Monsters by Ron Carlson br Young Collectors Day by Michael Dahlie br Passover by Aleksandar Hemon br Water Thieves by Deirdre McNamer br Landscape with Flatiron by Haruki Murakami br Off the C Stories from Goas Farm by Peter Orner br Every Tongue Shall Confess by ZZ Packer br The Long Game by Angela Pneuman br Ghost Knife by Sharon Pomerantz br St Guilhem le Desert by Lily Tuck br Night Truck Two Lights Burning by Peter Turchi br Sons of God by Jonathan Wilson br br POSTSCRIPTS br br Cohen Award Winners Julie Orringer and Caroline Finkelstein, Still the only anthology shaped each year by a different guest editor always a preeminent master of the form THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES is the essential yearbook of the American literary scene Here are the most talked about short stories of the year alongside undiscovered gems In his introduction guest editor E L Doctorow writes Here is the felt life conferred by the gifted storyteller who always raises two voices into the lonely universe the character s and the writer s own Doctorow has chosen a compelling variety of voices to usher in the new millennium attesting to the astonishing range of human experience our best writers evoke, This gathering of twenty four short stories shows the richness and vitality of the form Each engaging accessible story represents one of the many modes of storytelling now in our literature Here are short stories in the guise of memoir or confession written as a letter a fable a report or accomplishing what we usually expect of a novel an essay a character study a poem A uniquely contemporary collection yet with an eye on tradition it includes long revered as well as more recently heralded masters Among them are Margaret Atwood Ann Beattie Robert Olen Butler Truman Capote Raymond Carver Junot Diaz Louise Erdrich Ian Frazier Randall Kenan Jhumpa Lahiri Rick Moody Lorrie Moore Alice Munro Tim O Brien ZZ Packer Alice Walker Eudora Welty Joy Williams and Richard Yates An introduction provides historical background and elaborates on the idea that although there may be a limited number of stories to tell there are countless ways to tell them Illuminating notes on the author s life and work precede each story