The volume gathers together fifty-five stories, from "Armistice" (1940) to "Alma Redeemed" (1984), and including the immortal stories from The Magic Barrel and the vivid depictions of the unforgettable Fidelman. It is a varied and generous collection of great examples of the modern short story, which Malamud perfected, and an ideal introduction to the work of this great American writer.
"New Lesson: Audible Is NOT for Short Stories"
Fasten your seatbelts for a rapid-fire, sophisticated thrill-ride that propels you through one of the most infamous financial scandals in history! With a spicy blend of humor, pathos and music, the big biz machinations of Kenneth Lay, Jeffrey Skilling and Andy Fastow are laid bare as razzle-dazzle entertainment. Lucy Prebble’s Enron casts a shocking new light on today’s economy and how we got here.
In Michael Hollinger’s look at the discordant backstage world of classical music, The Lazara Quartet has just fired one of its members, and his replacement is wary of the group’s reputation for personal, violent quarrels. And as they prepare for a command performance at the White House, they’re haunted by their former colleague’s sudden disappearance.
In the hills of Pennsylvania, phantoms from the past mingle with those of the present, all swirling in a dark maelstrom over Division. Haunted by the part he played in his brother Mark's death, John McDonnell takes a midnight hike and stumbles across four dead girls upon the forest floor. Their severed limbs spell Repent. The coroner finds Mark's onyx skeleton key inside one of the victims, right where her heart used to be. The last time John had seen the key it was clasped in his brother's hand before they buried him.
Mass destruction has erupted all over the world and one group is laying claim: The Darkwings. But this mysterious group will not reveal their hidden agenda nor will they cease their carnage until their unknown mission is achieved. Only the ultra-secret spy network of Monitor can possibly stop them. In this whirlwind of clashes between nations and ideals emerges Moon Flower, a survivor of one of the Darkwings plots. Alone and powerless, she tries to rescue her friend from Kraagen, a renegade dragon and Darkwing Commander who has plans for his captive in a future Darkwing scheme.