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In this contemporary feminist fable set in China during the Ming Dynasty, a young woman with bound feet convinces her father to let her learn how to swim. As she becomes better and better, her developing sense of freedom and individuality lead her away from the traditional and deeply constrictive path that she is expected to follow.
Yoshi Takamata is a an unusual kind of martial arts master. Rather than focusing on training and discipline, he instead prefers alcohol and young blonde girls. His new student Wallace follows him around New Jersey while asking himself the same questions: Is his master a fraud? Or could he be the real thing?
Is home really where the heart is? A realtor is stuck with a lesbian couple who’s never happy. They’ve seen over 70 houses already but it seems their disagreement lies not in the houses, but in their own relationship. Will they all find what they are looking for?
There is a certain irony in teaching children how to swim by first showing them the Dead Man’s Float. After all, when examined from a purely objective stance, swimming is a truly terrifying idea. This notion of impending surreal dread is explored in this acerbically funny and deeply symbolic account of a boy refusing to swim in the deep end with his mother and her new boyfriend.
Although overshadowed by cancer, Deb and Ginny are in a deeply loving marriage that has withstood the terrible trauma that illness can bring on a couple. This all changes with the arrival of Christy–Ginny’s daughter who has been mysteriously absent throughout her mother’s treatment and who brings the stress of sickness and care to a simmering head for everyone.
Tired of seeing fellow workers at a brothel being cheated out of their pay by a ruthless Madame, a cleaning woman decides to seek her revenge with the aid of dark powers. A journey into the occult in New Orleans by one of America’s greatest short story authors – a brief but brilliant introduction to her astonishing body of work.
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.
Jeffers’s tenant insists that he pays for his wife’s funeral since he claims her death was caused by the ghost of Jeffers’s wife–a conflict that will end in two brutal murders. A chilling horror tale, chosen from The Best American Mystery Stories.
A middle aged accountant goes to Latin America to consult a dubious mining company. On his way he meets a young hippy couple who is about to take him on some crazy local ride. A gripping story that was anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories.