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In an ancient African kingdom, a horrible prophecy hits three respectable dinners in the middle of a luxurious feast. A startling cautionary tale of a society convinced it has reached the pinnacle of sophistication. Science fiction writing at its best.
When her wealthy sister Mag arrives from New York with an unprecedented request, failed actress Julianne realizes just how important it may be to overcome their profound and lifelong differences. An insightful and amusing story about how troublesome and unusual sibling relationships can be.
Here’s the problem with people: one person leads to another person, and no one’s who you want them to be. Is this a reason to keep on moving, or is there perhaps some way of staying in just one place? This story tries to decipher how to connect and find a constant in a world where the variables are endless.
A husband leaves his wife but not in the normal fashion. Instead of packing his bags and renting an apartment across town, he gradually disappears–piece by piece, gesture by gesture, slowly becoming entirely unrecognizable in front of the unnervingly accepting eyes of his wife.
In this classic American epistolary tale, a man who is convalescing in a small town on the French Mediterranean coast strikes up an unusual acquaintance with a fellow convalescent. But when this highly eccentric new friend turns out to possess an extraordinary and encyclopedic knowledge of military history, the question of who he might be leads the narrator and the reader on to the story’s remarkable conclusion.
Loretta and Blue got married too young, and had to give up their dreams. But when Blue starts becoming violent, Loretta decides to stop being a victim and to put an end to the matter once and for all. A compelling story about a family tragedy, published in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology.
“However, they went off with an evident increase of comfort, founded on their demonstrable advantage in being the real thing.” A good-looking, poor couple wishes to serve as a model for a renowned portrait painter, in this classic American tale.
Sue and Johnsy share an apartment together, and Old Behrman is the neighbor from downstairs, the painter waiting to paint his masterpiece. As Johnsy falls ill, her hold on life becomes uncertain. A short and moving classic by the master of short story.