THE PRINCESS OF HERSELF by Roberta Allen

"Roberta Allen writes prose that sings. When that perfect pitch is coupled with her astute vision for the strange and comic business we call life, the  result is The Princess of Herself: a brilliant book of stories." 

--Siri Hustvedt, author of the novel, The Blazing World

 

"These stories depict a world of aging professionals two hours north of  New York City who’ve stayed too long at the party. Having moved from  Manhattan, they’re marooned in their quaint towns. Roberta Allen’s short, sharp, dreamlike prose captures the oddness of this bardo-state with all  its beauty, ambivalence and pain."  

--Chris Kraus, author of the novel, I Love Dick and After Kathy Acker, A Literary Biography

 

“Roberta Allen's new book of stories The Princess of Herself is  wonderful.Smart, humorously melancholic, Allen's voice and tone are unusual, special. If you’re looking for something to read, please consider it.”

 --Lynne Tillman, author, her new novel MEN AND APPARITIONS will be published in March

 

"Roberta Allen’s sharp, jarring stories are bitingly honest and funny as hell. These sixty-ish characters grapple with messy pasts, simmering rivalries, and longings both sexual and transcendent. Rarely has anyone written so frankly about aging, and the ways we create our own past."

--Dawn Raffel, author of The Secret Life of Objects, flash fictions

 

"I love this book. The writer is always visible as one of the characters, trying to sort out reality and memory.  She keeps collapsing her own life into her stories and in doing so creates a wonderful picture of the way our minds actually work. Everything merges and the act of writing and remembering is the real subject here.”

--Laurie Anderson

SECOND STORY MAN by Charles Salzberg

Francis Hoyt, arrogant, athletic, brilliant, manipulative and ruthless, is a master burglar. He specializes in stealing high-end silver, breaking into homes that seem impenetrable. Recently retired from his job with Connecticut’s attorney general department, Charlie Floyd is a brilliant but stubborn and experienced investigator. He’s joined by Manny Perez, a recently suspended Cuban-American Miami police detective in an effort to put an end to Francis Hoyt’s criminal career. Second Story Man, told in alternating chapters, from Hoyt, Floyd and Perez’s point-of-view, develops into a cat-and-mouse contest between the two lawmen and this master burglar. 

Second Story Man is a down and dirty game of cat and mouse, only this time there are two cats and the mouse hasn’t yet seen the trap that can touch him. Are two cats better than one? Read it and see.”

Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times Bestselling author of What You Break

“…the riveting SECOND STORY MAN is also a master class in voice and dialogue and storytelling. This cat and mouse caper about three men--two cops and a burglar--reinventing themselves for the second stories of their lives is unique, textured and even hilarious. Charles Salzberg has perfected the existential crime novel--and this one will break your heart.”

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author

GOOD NEIGHBORS by Joanne Serling

Good Neighbors, Serling's debut novel, is set in an idyllic suburb where four young families quickly form a neighborhood clique, their friendships based on little more than the ages of their children and a shared sense of camaraderie. When one of the couples, Paige and Gene Edwards, adopt a four-year-old girl from Russia, the group’s loyalty and morality is soon called into question. Are the Edwards unkind to their new daughter? Or is she a difficult child with hidden destructive tendencies? As the seams of the group friendship slowly unravel, neighbor Nicole Westerhof finds herself drawn further into the life of the adopted girl, forcing Nicole to re-examine the deceptive nature of her own family ties, and her complicity in the events unfolding around her. Publisher's Weekly proclaims, “While many novels have tackled the subject of suburban secrets and unease, [GOOD NEIGHBORS] excels in particular at exploring the bonds among families."

 

THIS IS NOT HAPPENING TO YOU by Tim Tomlinson

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This is Not Happening to You, the debut collection of stories from New York writer Tim Tomlinson, might just rescue the twenty-first century literati set from a jet lag inducing conservatism and PC hysteria. Tomlinson gets to the gutsy and often hilarious truth of who we are in prose that’s poetic and unforgiving – like a well-timed right hook. No sprigs of lavender here. Just a heady and sardonic car crash of characters you won’t be able to turn away from – murderous movie star widowers, wild boys and their dogs, rogues and their half grasped lovers, people on all kinds of edges, ex-poets at the bar. Tomlinson has the audacity to tell it how it is and we should get down on our knees and thank some dank, dark force of nature for that.–Sally Breen, author of Atomic City, a novel, and the memoir The Casuals

THE BOY WHO HAD A PEACH TREE GROWING OUT OF HIS HEAD: … AND OTHER NATURAL PHENOMENA (Collected Stories) by Hal Ackerman

From a man in need of a haircut picking up a hitchhiking rabbi whose Romanian village was decimated by the Nazis, to a family of rabbits, to an elderly man who might have gone to school with Lenin, to a hunch bettor at the race track who uses the results as a ouija board to his future, to a man whose wife left him via a text message, to the inner life of a queen bee, this eclectic compilation of stories examines the ties of family that break and bind. They are like sun showers, simultaneously filled with laughter and tears.

“The collection strongly recalls the conflicted, masculine themes and anxieties of John Updike, Saul Bellow, and Phillip Roth, but mostly Updike.”– KIRKUS REVIEW
“When Ackerman is at his best, as in “Roof Garden” or “Leash,” he captures an elusive sensation of loss to marvelous effect. The former story follows a man spending a day with his daughter before he tells her about his decision to leave his wife. It would fit neatly in an Updike Collection” — KIRKUS REVIEW

GHOST SONGS by Regina McBride

“Moving back and forth in time, McBride ponders her memories of growing up and floundering into adulthood. Visited by ghosts she tries to deny, she embraces her heritage and travels to Ireland in search of a way to put her father’s spirit to rest. She repeatedly returns to images and memories of her parents—happy, furious, disappointed, and damaged. Clearly, no one came out of that household alive, not really, and this memoir of survival is even more about reinvention than reflecting on the past. Harrowing, sincere, and unforgettable.” -Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

ENTERING HISTORY by Mary Stewart Hammond

In her much-anticipated new collection, Mary Stewart Hammond’s lyrical narratives chronicle a long marriage rich with wit, dark irony, and poignancy, while reaching into personal and political histories that belong to everyone. Of Hammond’s poems, James Merrill says “they brim with what the whole world knows.”

Entering History opens on a middle-aged couple, modern-day travelers in an ancient setting. The collection follows their relationship through time and place, combining the personal and the historical in stories of the family―siblings, a daughter, and the very different marriage of the poet’s parents.