Black Glass by Karen Joy Fowler
Short Fictions

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An early work from PEN/Faulkner Award winner and Man Booker finalist Karen Joy Fowler, reissued and beautifully repackaged for new fans and old.
 
First published in 1998 to high praise, and now reissued with the addition of a prefatory essay, Black Glass showcases the extraordinary talents of this prizewinning author. In fifteen gemlike tales, Fowler lets her wit and vision roam freely, turning accepted norms inside out and fairy tales upside down—pushing us to reconsider our unquestioned verities and proving once again that she is among our most subversive writers.

So, then: Here is Carry Nation loose again, breaking up discos, smashing topless bars, radicalizing women as she preaches clean living to men more intent on babes and booze. And here is Mrs. Gulliver, her patience with her long-voyaging Lemuel worn thin: Money is short and the kids can’t even remember what their dad looks like. And what of Tonto, the ever-faithful companion, turning forty without so much as a birthday phone call from that masked man? 
It is a book full of great themes and terrific stories—but it is the way in which Fowler tells the tale, develops plot and character, plays with  time, chance, and reality that makes these pieces so original.


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About Karen Joy Fowler

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Karen Joy Fowler is the author of "The Jane Austen Book Club" which was on bestseller lists nationwide and spent thirteen weeks on "The New York Times" list. Along with her first two novels, it was a "New York Times" Notable Book. "Sister Noon," her third novel, was a finalist for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award.
 
Published June 23, 2015 by Marian Wood Books/Putnam. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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But she's at her best in a heart-tugging story of a woman war-protestor's separation from the pacifist intellectual who was the love of her youth (``Letters from Home'');

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The extraterrestrials who appear in her stories (whether the inscrutably sadistic monsters in ""Duplicity"" or the members of a seminar studying late-1960s college behavior in ""The View From Venus: A Case Study"") seem stand-ins for the author herself, who, in elegant and witty prose, cultivates...

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