'A near-magical collection. . . . This is a book that will stay with you for a long, long time.' &#8211; The Miami Herald &#8220;Sharp, funny, generous-minded. . . . Joshua Furst has an abiding interest in what kids do, and what they&#8217;re thinking when they do it.&#8221; &#8211; The Washington Post '[Furst] captures the utter joy and wonder of the formative years, making real the awe we long ago forgot, along with time's bleak and nefarious sides. . . . Furst makes it all explicit&#8211;the cruelty, the astonishment, the treachery, the rapture&#8211;and in doing so creates a thoughtful if disturbing portrait of what it means to be a child. Or, more to the point, what it means to be human.' &#8211; Los Angeles Times &#8220;[A] charged debut collection. . . . Like children, each story has its own way of demanding the reader's attention. . . . Furst&#8217;s attention to his characters, his allegiance, remains constant. There's real humor here, and terror, and an enormous sense of all that can be lost.' &#8211; Chicago Tribune &#8220;Complex and compassionate . . . a literary and social force that challenges the preconceptions of what it is truly like to be a kid today.&#8221; &#8211; The Hartford Courant ' Short People is a remarkable collection of stories, a wide-ranging, unsentimental exploration of the lost worlds of childhood and adolescence, where the angles are all slightly askew and the logic is more rigorous than our own. These are scary, funny, brilliantly observed narratives; Joshua Furst is a terrific writer.' &#8211;Jay McInerney 'A subtle, richly textured book.' &#8211; Daily Mail '[These] stories are must reading. . . . Joshua Furst has a real knack for these childhood and adolescent traumas; his stories capture this sensitive and often-forgotten time of transforming human experience.' &#8211; Richmond Times-Dispatch 'Both stomach turning and heart wrenching. These powerful stories are unnerving and scary.' &#8211; The Boston Globe 'Joshua Furst's debut collection is a book about childhood, not war, yet it has the feel of a letter from the front written to a soldier just graduating from boot camp and dreading what's to come. Its message is heartbreakingly mature: it doesn't matter what the conflict's about. Once the fighting has started, you have no choice but to see it through.' &#8211;Dale Peck 'Raymond Carver-esque. . . . Like fairy tales, Furst's fables are full of hazards and temptations.' &#8211; Newsday 'Any one of these stories is enough to break your heart. . . . Joshua Furst's debut is both enjoyable and important. It succeeds not only in questioning the behavioral norms of America, but also in reawakening our understanding of what it feels like to be a child.' &#8211; The Times Literary Supplement (London) 'Joshua Furst writes about the world of young people with a complexity and lack of sentimentality that is rarely, if ever, explored in American literature. To read these stories is to enter into some dark worlds, but the magic here lies in Furst's affection for his characters and, moreover, his almost parental desire for them to turn out okay. Short People is, at its core, a book about caring, and no one has taken more care than the author himself.' &#8211;Meghan Daum &#8220;Arresting. . . . As chilling as ghost stories&#8211;which, as the penultimate story reveals, they are in a way.&#8221; &#8211; The Observer '[Furst] examines childhood and its discontents with utmost empathy, refusing to sentimentalize the harrowing process of growing up. . . . Wonderful, a reminder of the chaos of youth that makes you relieved you never have to go through it again.' &#8211; New City Chicago 'The tragedy for many of the children in Furst's stories is their inability to see beyond the frail boundaries of their own restricted domains. . . . Furst's prose is precise and controlled. He is very good on the anomalies and misnomers revealed from a child's perspective, and these stories amount to a powerful and moving commentary on our society's often cynical and contradictory attitudes to childhood.' &#8211; The Daily
The search for a legendary automobile . . . A mission to clear an innocent man's name . . . The hunt for an artefact so rare that people would kill to find it . . . ________ The EXPLOSIVELY THRILLING ADVENTURE from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of adventure. In 1906, an American named Isaac Bell stops the groundbreaking Grey Ghost - a legendary prototype Rolls-Royce - from vanishing from Manchester, England forever. But not even the legendary detective can save the good name of the man accused of stealing the car. More than a hundred years later, it is Jonathon Payton's grandson who turns to Sam and Remi Fargo to help prove his grandfather's innocence. But soon the treasure-hunting couple find there is more at stake than any of them could have known. The famous car has vanished again, and inside it is an object that could change their lives forever. Men with everything to gain and a great deal to lose have a desperate plan to find it, and they'll take down anyone that gets in their way. ________ Packed with all the action, imagination and pace that Clive Cussler has made his own, The Grey Ghost is thriller writing of the highest calibre from the world's No.1 adventure writer. ________ PRAISE FOR CLIVE CUSSLER 'Cussler is hard to beat' DAILY MAIL 'Oceanography's answer to Indiana Jones. Exotic locations, ruthless villains, and many narrow escapes - Cussler's fans come for swashbuckling and he delivers' ASSOCIATED PRESS 'Nobody does it better . . . nobody!' STEPHEN COONTS 'Just about the best in the business' NEW YORK POST 'The Adventure King' SUNDAY EXPRESS
Contains: Renaissance Faire AND The Ghost Mariner AND Lola & Isaac's Story: A Mail Order Bride Romance PLUS Finding The Perfect Costume For The Halloween Dance AND The Smallest of the Orphans PLUS The Second Chance Town: A Mail Order Bride Romance AND The Lounge Singer PLUS Named After Halloween AND The Detective and the Mystery Next Door PLUS The Great American Theatre Halloween Movie Night. Complete synopses are at the beginning of each story.