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Sunshine Vicram is back!


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He can’t resist a puzzle…


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She lives for thrills. He’s tasked with keeping her safe…


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The acclaimed Martha’s Vineyard series returns for more romance, drama, and intrigue!


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The USA Today bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids returns with a tale of two generations of women reconciling family secrets and past regrets.


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Two sets of lives, Coded messages, will history repeat itself?


American Innovations: Stories
Rivka Galchen

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2014
On Sale: May 6, 2014
192 pages
ISBN: 0374280479
EAN: 9780374280475
Kindle: B00GET18D4
Hardcover / e-Book
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A brilliant new collection of short stories from “the conspicuously talented” (Time) Rivka Galchen

In one of the intensely imaginative stories in Rivka’s Galchen’s American Innovations, a young woman’s furniture walks out on her. In another, the narrator feels compelled to promise to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her. In a third, the petty details of a property transaction illuminate the complicated pains and loves of a family.
     The tales in this groundbreaking collection are secretly in conversation with canonical stories, reimagined from the perspective of female characters. Just as Wallace Stevens’s “Anecdote of the Jar” responds to John Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” Galchen’s “The Lost Order” covertly recapitulates James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” while “The Region of Unlikeness” is a smoky and playful mirror to Jorge Luis Borges’s “The Aleph.” The title story, “American Innovations,” revisits Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose.”
     By turns realistic, fantastical, witty, and lyrical, these marvelously uneasy stories are deeply emotional and written in exuberant, pitch-perfect prose. Whether exploring the tensions in a mother-daughter relationship or the finer points of time travel, Galchen is a writer like none other today.

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All Things Considered - May 13, 2014

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