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On an unexpected whim, a woman in her mid-thirties decides to learn how to be a trapeze artist–a decision that will ultimately transform her life in remarkable and liberating ways. An empowering tale of freedom and self-reinvention.
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.
As a middle-aged woman tries on a dress in a department store, she reflects on her marriage with a much older man and what the passage of time will bring for them and their children. A moving and lyrical meditation on nostalgia, love, and mortality.
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.
“I knew that I no longer needed any notes to protect me. Knew that I could remember very well. That I could rely on my own memory. That she could no longer confound my with her lying. I knew that lies make me sick to my stomach, and only sticking to what I know can keep me sane. More precisely, can keep me from going crazy. Crazy like her.”
In the hermaphrodite world of young Sov, coming of age means going into Kemmer. But what is Kemmer–this place from where older people come back so exhilarated and full of life, knowing more about whether they are a woman or a man? A sci-fi coming of age narrative about sexual identity by the one and only Ursula K. Le Guin.
Often presented in a heroic and/or fearsome light, Napoleon is here reduced to childish fears of ghosts in this early story from one of Britain’s finest writers. As the emperor gets ready for bed, he begins to see strange shapes and to hear ominous voices. Part ghost story, part historical farce, this work is full of the astounding promise of a young genius on her way towards writing truly revolutionary literature.
She couldn’t believe her luck: like a magician, he transformed her from a lonely middle aged woman who toiled in the kitchen of her restaurant into a desired lover who spends time on the beach. In this story, a young and handsome man responds to a want ad placed by an over-worked chef and turns her life upside down. But is this all too good to be true?
In this comic spin on the classic ghost story, a wealthy and offbeat writer enjoys spending his time reading his own dreadful novels to his relatives, friends, and essentially anyone who will listen to him. Upon his death, his descendants learn that his entire fortune will not be coming to them and will instead be used for the publication of his own work. Their decision to dispute this results in the haunting of a lifetime.
In this simple tale of the English countryside, we learn about a chair-mender named Margaret who has spent her life roaming from house to house offering her services and observing the lives of others – while never truly having a life or home of her own. But this will all change when she knocks on the door at the great manor of Thresholds Farm.
In this early and underrated Edith Wharton story, a woman who has just passed away encounters her perfect companion in the afterlife. Cultured and refined, he has all of the qualities she dreamed of in a man while alive. Incidentally, he is not her husband–which leads her to question the nature of love and commitment.