Dennis Must

Dennis Must is the author of two short story collections: Oh, Don't Ask Why, Red Hen Press, Los Angeles, CA (2007), and Banjo Grease, Creative Arts Book Company, Berkeley, CA (2000). His plays have been performed Off Off Broadway and his fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary reviews. He resides with his wife in Salem, Massachusetts.

A Family Story

A Family Story



Jesus, if you could smell the fifty cats my great-great-great grandmother kept in that cluttered red room, stuffy with years, stinging with piss, you would have died, you would have choked, it would have crawled through your mouth down your throat into the pink of your lungs and filled them up with the reek of wet hair. Imagine what those felines did to the rugs and the curtains and the Victorian chairs. But she loved to hold them and bury herself in their scent. She loved the taste of fur.

Anne-E Wood

Anne-E. Wood's fiction has appeared in Tin House, Agni, New Letters, Karamu Journal, The Chicago Quarterly Review, Other Voices, The Cream City Review, Fourteen Hills Magazine, Beloit Fiction Journal, Fiction Attic, and others. She is the author of the short story collection Two if By Sea, Winner of the 2006 Michael Rubin Chapbook Award. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and teaches writing at Rutgers University, The New Jersey Institute of Technology and The Gotham Writers' Workshop.





The hospital room was the size of a birdcage. Only a flimsy curtain separated me from the Russian man. His dumpy wife was visiting again, her sagging face done up in bold paint, and atop her head, a pink pillbox hat. Sure enough, the room was filling with ugly clouds of Russian.

Nina Schuyler

Nina Schuyler’s novel, The Painting, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, was named a Best Book by San Francisco Chronicle and nominated for the Northern California Book Award. It’s been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Serbian. Her short story, “Water Babies” won the Santa Clara Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, her short short, “Black Holes” won the Big Ugly Review Short Short Contest for 2008; and she was a finalist in the 2009 Stanford Fiction Contest.

Oh, Don't Ask Why

cover of Oh, Don't Ask Whyauthor: Dennis Must
ASIN or ISBN-10: 1597090581
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Banjo Grease

Most of the stories in Dennis Must's provocative debut collection deal with characters from small towns in Pennsylvania factory towns with pottery plants and bronze foundries. These stories interlock to create a larger narrative about working-class people, whose lives are defined by the typical conflicts which shape most people's lives: marital conflicts, conflicts between relatives, inner conflicts over personal happiness and success, and struggles to understand the mysterious nature of life and death. The emotional mysteries of families is Must's domain.

cover of Banjo Greaseauthor: Dennis Must
ASIN or ISBN-10: 0887392288
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Charlie's Exit

cover of Charlie's Exitauthor: Tobey Hiller
ASIN or ISBN-10: 1931223017
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The Painting

In 1869 Japan, a young woman escapes the confines of her arranged marriage by painting memories of her lover on mulberry paper. She secretly wraps the painting around a ceramic pot that's bound for Europe. In France, a disenchanted young man works as a clerk at an import shop. When he opens the box from Japan, he discovers the brilliant watercolor of two lovers locked in an embrace under a plum tree. He steals the painting and hides it in his room. With each viewing, he sees something different, and gradually the painting transforms him.

cover of The Paintingauthor: Nina Schuyler
ASIN or ISBN-10: 1565124413
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The Longman Guide to Intermediate and Advanced Fiction Writing (Writer's Reference)

The authors are both sophisticated and clear-sighted, and their instruction is clearly that of writers to other writers. Even published authors might find this book valuable. I recommend it highly. --Charles Baxter, author of Burning Down the House.This is the most literate, practical and inspired guide of its kind, as urgently useful to the developing writer as a dictionary or a muse. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how fiction is made. --Carolyn Cooke, author of The BostonsThis is not simply a book about the craft of fiction.

cover of The Longman Guide to Intermediate and Advanced Fiction Writing (Writer's Reference)author: Sarah Stone
Ron Nyren
ASIN or ISBN-10: 0205530125
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