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Olive   Kitteridge
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Strout, Elizabeth

Olive Kitteridge / Elizabeth Strout

New York : Random House, 2008

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Abstract: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2009. At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

Specimen days
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CUNNINGHAM, Michael

Specimen days / Michael Cunningham

New York : Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2005

Abstract: In a novel of human progress and social decline, three characters are seen in three different eras: the Industrial Revolution; the 21st century and 150 years into the future as the poet Walt Whitman presides over each episode.

Telling tales
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Telling tales / edited by Nadine Gordimer

New York : Picador, c2004

Abstract: The Nobel Prize-winning author brings together twenty-one short stories in a special anthology aimed at HIVAIDS preventative education and treatment for the people in southern Africa, with contributions by Chinua Achebe, Margaret Atwood, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Updike, Amos Oz, Kenzaburo Oe, Arthur Miller, Hanif Kureishi, Paul Theroux, and other notable authors.

Franny  and  Zooey
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Salinger, Jerome David

Franny and Zooey / J.D. Salinger

Boston [etc.] : Little, Brown and Company, 1991

Abstract: The author writes: Franny came out in The New Yorker/EM Zooey. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I'm doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New York, the Glasses. It is a long-term project, patently an ambitious one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose, that sooner or later I'll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions, and mannerisms. On the whole, though, I'm very hopeful. I love working on these Glass stories, I've been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill.

Raise   high  the roof beam, carpenters
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Salinger, Jerome David

Raise high the roof beam, carpenters ; and Seymour an introduction / J.D. Salinger

Boston [etc.] : Little, Brown and company, 1991

Abstract: Two long short stories about Salinger's Glass family, previously published in The New Yorker. Both stories are about the life and tragic death of Seymour Glass, the eldest of the Glass children, and his siblings' reaction to it. The events are seen through the eyes of Seymour's brother Buddy, who is often said to be a portrait of Salinger himself. His rambling narrative is revealing of himself as well as of his brother, and explores the quest for enlightenment and wisdom that preoccupies both of them.

Tales of the unexpected
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Dahl, Roald

Tales of the unexpected / Roald Dahl's

New York : Vintage books, 1990