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Bookslinger Update: “The Country Music Songbook”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

This week’s story is from Something in My Eye by Michael Jeffrey Lee, published by Sarabande Books. Michael Jeffrey Lee’s stories are bizarre and smart and stilted, like dystopic fables told by a redneck Samuel Beckett. Outcasts hunker under bridges, or hole up in bars, waiting for the hurricane to hit. Lee’s forests are full of menace too–unseen crowds gather at the tree-line, and bands of petty crooks and marauders bluster their way into suicidal games of one-upmanship. In Something In My Eye, violence and idleness are always in tension, ratcheting up and down with an eerie and effortless force. Diction leaps between registers with the same vertiginous swoops, moving from courtly formality to the funk and texture of a slang that is all the characters’ own. It’s a masterful performance, and Lee’s inventiveness accomplishes that very rare feat-hyper-stylized structure and language that achieve clarity out of turbulence, never allowing technique to obscure what’s most important: a direct address that makes visible all those we’d rather not see.

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Bookslinger Update: “Winter Term”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

This week’s story is from Mending by Sallie Bingham, published by Sarabande Books.

“Sallie Bingham binds her collection together with sheer talent. The title novella is absolutely first-rate—a skillfully suggestive amalgam of Katherine Mansfield and Eudora Welty. This same unblinking gaze is hard at work on the desperate terror of adolescent love (‘Winter Term’).”—James R. Frakes, The New York Times Book Review

“Sallie Bingham’s characters scrutinize their relationships with children, lovers, and their own treacherous souls. . . . Nearly every one of these flinty stories is a tiny masterpiece.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Hardened but not compromised by adult life, these luminous stories . . . feature narrators who find mature, often solitary forms of reckoning, and even happiness. . . . There is not a false note in Bingham’s striking collection.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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