Million Dollar Baby: Stories from the Corner

By F. X. Toole

This hard-hitting choice of strong and relocating stories in line with the reviews of the past due, nice struggle supervisor and lower guy Jerry Boyd, who wrote lower than the pen identify F.X. Toole, is the foundation for the Oscar-winning movie starring Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. respiring existence into brilliant, compelling characters who radiate the fierce depth of the worlds they inhabit, Million buck child "is not only struggle fiction at its best, it really is first-class fiction, interval" (Dan Rather).

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Safe as Houses (Iowa Short Fiction Award)

By Marie-Helene Bertino

Safe as Houses, the debut tale number of Marie-Helene Bertino, proves that no longer all houses are shelters. The titular tale revolves round an getting older English professor who, mourning the lack of his spouse, robs different people's houses in their sentimental knick-knacks. In "Free Ham," a tender dropout wins a ham after her residence burns down and refuses to just accept it. “Has my ham performed something wrong?” she asks whilst the grocer supervisor calls for that she declare it.
In "Carry Me domestic, Sisters of Saint Joseph," a failed advertisement author strikes into the basement of a convent and inadvertently discovers the secrets and techniques of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. a woman, hoping to speak her brother out of enlisting within the military, brings Bob Dylan domestic for Thanksgiving dinner within the quiet, dreamy "North Of." In “The suggestion of Marcel,” Emily, a conservative, dependent lady, has dinner with the assumption of her ex-boyfriend, Marcel. In an evening packed with baffling coincidences, together with Marcel having dinner together with his suggestion of Emily, she wonders why we have a tendency to be extra in love with principles than with fact. out and in of the rooms of those gritty, whimsical tales roam , humorous humans suffering to reconcile their conditions to a few form of American excellent and failing, over and over. 
The tales of Safe as Houses are magical and unique and support resolution such common and existential questions as: How a ways can we visit remain unswerving to our pals? will we love a guy although he's inches shorter than our perfect? Why doesn’t Bob Dylan ever have his personal smokes? And are there buyer saints for every little thing, even misplaced socks and undesirable movies?

All houses will not be shelters. yet even so, a few are. Welcome to the house of Marie-Helene Bertino. 

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