A Winning Collection
Grove Press; June 2003
Little Indians offers eleven poignant and emotionally resonant
new stories about Native Americans. In "The Life and
Times of Estelle Walks Above," an Indian woman saves
the lives of dozens of white women all around her, to the
bewilderment of her only child, now a grown man who looks
back at his life with fondness, amusement, and regret. In
another story, "Do You Know Where I Am?" two college
sweethearts rescue a lost cat.
Sherman Alexie's stories are driven by a haunting lyricism
and naked candor that cut to the heart of the human experience,
shedding brilliant light on what happens when we grow into
and out of each other.
Vintage Books; March, 2003
The Whore's Child, Richard Russo's first collection of short
fiction, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-wining author of Empire
Falls explores difficult emotional territory while retaining
the assured wisdom and humour of his best work. Infidelity,
self-reflection, and the fallibility of memory come into
consideration in this entertaining and perceptive collection.
Russo's sterling reputation is largely due to his astounding
ability to present the tangled emotions of troubled parent-child
and marital relationships with comic verve, bracing clarity
and dramatic tension fused with an undercurrent of pathos.
These predicaments are well represented in the seven stories
of his first collection, whose protagonists betray themselves
and others in different social milieus. Russo's rueful understanding
of the twisted skein of human relationships is as sharp
as ever, and the dialogue throughout is barbed, pointed
and wryly humorous. The collection is a winner.
Belknap Press; March 2002
The Arcades Project, which Benjamin worked
on for 13 years before his death, was an attempt to capture
the reality that he believed underlay the political, economic,
and technological world of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
In the phenomenon of the Paris arcades, Benjamin saw a turning
away from a communal society based on mutual concern to
one based on material well-being and economic gain. To fortify
his argument, Benjamin used quotations from a variety of
published literary, philosophical, and artistic sources
and added his own reflections and commentary.