Trans Europe Express: Stories by Elizabeth Lopeman

TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS
Stories

ELIZABETH LOPEMAN


FICTION
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ISBN 978-0-9827704-4-3
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The Parable of You: Stories by Tony Wolk

THE PARABLE OF YOU
Stories

TONY WOLK


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96 PAGES, 5.3" x 8"
ISBN 9780982770436
Publication: Fall 2013

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Disorder: Stories by Dan DeWeese

DISORDER
Stories

DAN DEWEESE


FICTION
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ISBN 9780982770429
Published: Fall 2012

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A Simple Machine, Like the Lever by Evan P. Schneider

A SIMPLE MACHINE,
LIKE THE LEVER

A Novel

EVAN P. SCHNEIDER

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A Simple Machine, Like the Lever by Evan P. Schneider

NINE SIMPLE PATTERNS FOR COMPLICATED WOMEN

Stories

MARY RECHNER

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164 PAGES, 5.3" x 8"
ISBN 9780982770405
Published: Fall 2010

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NEWS & EVENTS

FRIDAY, DEC 5, 7:30PM
Join Elizabeth Lopeman at
2014 PEN/MALAMUD CELEBRATION
Folger Shakespeare Library
Elizabethan Theatre
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Propeller Books has nominated Lopeman for the The PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and she will be attending PEN's annual Malamud celebration in December.

SATURDAY, NOV 8, 4PM
ELIZABETH LOPEMAN AT BOOKCOURT
163 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Lopeman reads and signs books at Brooklyn's family-run literary mainstay.

EVAN P. SCHNEIDER was interviewed on the 10,000 Hours podcast. He discusses his novel A Simple Machine, Like the Lever, what he's working on now, and getting from A to B in creative work.

TONY WOLK and DAN DEWEESE discuss their story collections (The Parable of You and Disorder), the role of editors, and the goals of Propeller Books on a recent Late Night Library podcast.

Trans Europe Express

stories
Elizabeth Lopeman



"Lopeman masterfully renders the allure of the expat life and the internal territories discovered and conquered by women far from all that is familiar to them. Trans Europe Express is a seductive, atmospheric, and intoxicating read, and, like the greatest affairs, the stories in this collection are full of intrigue and beauty." —Patricia Engel, author of It's Not Love, It's Just Paris


An American au pair considers abandoning her German host family on vacation. A French girl is sent to Munich to live with her father, though she doesn't speak his language. An American woman becomes emotionally disoriented by a German actor, a journalist escapes a lover via a bewildering Mediterranean ferry, and a former model travels to Amsterdam to try to save a friend. Across these six stories, Elizabeth Lopeman captures the expatriate experience like no other writer. Her characters experience art, work, love, and tragedy as richly strange and sometimes dangerous when carried over borders or translated across cultures. A collection of vivid images and fascinating characters, Trans Europe Express is a smart, exciting new chapter in the literary tradition of Americans searching Europe not only for experience but, ultimately, for identity.

 





 

The Parable of You

stories
Tony Wolk



"It's a rare book that can, on reaching the last page, make me turn back to the first page and begin reading again. The Parable of You is that book." —Molly Gloss, author of Wild Life


A shipwrecked sailor discovers the island he has landed on is not as deserted as he thought. A lone survivor describes an extraterrestrial invasion surprising in its circumstance. A woman wakes up to find a stranger in her bed, twins compete for a woman's affection, and a vessel trapped in the Antarctic ice becomes a site of dread and desperation. In the tradition of literary fantasists like Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino, Tony Wolk delivers a feast of stories that challenge our assumptions about history, reality, and what stories reveal about their tellers. A collection decades in the making, The Parable of You is the work of a writer able to move from the cosmic to the personal in the space of a few deft sentences, with surprising and moving results.

 







 

Disorder

stories
Dan DeWeese



"The fine-grained, compassionate observation of everyday behaviors raises the novel’s careful prose to a high level, as we are treated to one shock of recognition after another about the way we live now." —Philip Lopate on Dan DeWeese's You Don't Love this Man


The jacket copy in this book consists of the following: "These stories are about men, women, buildings, and words." DeWeese, the author of the novel You Don't Love This Man (Harper Perennial), offers a collection of eight stories in this book, six of which have been published in well-known literary journals and magazines. His characters—fathers and their children, architects and their critics, writers and their fantasies—search for meaning and identity amid the chaos of contemporary life, in which personal and professional failure often seem just one wrong decision away.










 

A Simple Machine, Like the Lever

a novel
Evan P. Schneider



"...masterfully evokes the simple pleasures—and harsh realities—of keeping to one's ideals in a world where speed is revered and complexity is king." —David Rozgonyi, author of Goat Trees: Tales from the Other Side of the World


Nicholas Allander, 31—carless and careerless—is trying to get his life on track while holding his head high. He's trying to pay off his debt, impress his girlfriend, keep his job, cast off his introversion, and accept the world's imperfections without abandoning his heart. Unsure of what moves to make, though, he considers growing his beard, taking up alcoholism, abandoning scrounging, and owning an automobile—before too much slips by. All the while he clings to his bicycle, a simple machine whose purpose and workings he grasps.

Nick's struggle to position his aesthetic within the world is the story of a perfectionist who is far from perfect, who is considerate but clumsy, and who may be invisible. Like Nick, A Simple Machine, Like the Lever is short, toned, observant, generous, purposeful, and brimming with bicycle wisdom.

 




 

Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women

stories
Mary Rechner



"...witty, provocative, and honest enough to make you gasp. She's the Mary Gaitskill of motherhood." —Karen Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel


A woman sewing a dress for her anniversary night out finds herself presiding over her young daughters as they cut apart their own clothes. A four year old boy going earnestly about the business of being a four year old boy is perplexed as to why his behavior seems to have dramatic effects on his mother. An elementary school volunteer learns about a role-playing card game from a young boy, and then sees the roles play out in her own home. College friends and couples reunite for a drink, and find that although their campus couplings are in the past, their sexual competitions are still very much present.

Over the course of these nine stories, Mary Rechner brings a frank, humorous, and ultimately illuminating narrative voice to the subjects of sex, marriage, family, and work. The patient, uncompromising work of a writer who has carefully observed the moments of possibility and peril that appear—and that we often deliberately seek—in the journey from youth to adulthood, Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women signals the arrival of a significant new voice in contemporary fiction.