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Music for Wartime
Music for Wartime: Stories | Rebecca Makkai
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Named a must-read by the Chicago Tribune, O Magazine, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and The L Magazine Named one of the best short story collections of 2015 by Bookpage and Kansas City Star Rebecca Makkais first two novels, The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, have established her as one of the freshest and most imaginative voices in fiction. Now, the award-winning writer, whose stories have appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best American Short Stories, returns with a highly anticipated collection bearing her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart. A reality show producer manipulates two contestants into falling in love, even as her own relationship falls apart. Just after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a young boy has a revelation about his fathers past when a renowned Romanian violinist plays a concert in their home. When the prized elephant of a traveling circus keels over dead, the small-town minister tasked with burying its remains comes to question his own faith. In an unnamed country, a composer records the folk songs of two women from a village on the brink of destruction. These transporting, deeply moving storiessome inspired by her own family historyamply demonstrate Makkais extraordinary range as a storyteller, and confirm her as a master of the short story form. Richly imagined. Chicago Tribune Impressive. O, The Oprah Magazine Engrossing. Minneapolis Star-Tribune Inventive. W Magazine From the Hardcover edition.
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AnneCecilie
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December 25 (a cola days late): The George Spelvin Players by Rebecca Makkai. Story published in Pleiades.

George Spelvin is a theatre troupe who is setting up The Christmas Carol. Together they decide to ask a soap opera star to join and he accepts.

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well.read.panda
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I'm only three stories in to this collection, but it's excellent so far. I have the feeling that I've read this before, but I can't think of when... #shortstories #women #womenauthors

UrsulaMonarch Glad you're liking this one! So good! 5y
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Eyelit
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And because I was at bookpeople... I had to check out the sale wall before heading home. I snagged these three gems. A good #bookhaul 😃

Booksnchill @eyelit loved The Sparrow 6y
EvieBee Oooh. I've never heard of this Makkai book. I loved her other books! (edited) 6y
Soubhiville Oh you got Binti too! 💜💜💜 6y
Beth.La I loved Music for Wartime! And that cover 💙 6y
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UrsulaMonarch
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This was just so good! I had to space each story out to let it sink in & allow myself time to recover & reset after each one.

rachellayown I loved this one too!!! 6y
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Heidsalot
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Some really great stories in this collection. I particularly enjoyed The Briefcase and Good Saint Anthony Come Around.

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rachellayown
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I don't know how to narrow down my favorite collection of #shortstories. Out of the ones I own, here are my favorites. I'm tagging Rebecca Makkai's collection because it's brilliant and under-appreciated. (Though the same can be said for others in this stack as well.)

badnorthern We have the same taste! I'm a huge Jhumpa Lahiri fan, among others in this stack 6y
rachellayown Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my all time favorite writers @badnorthern ! 6y
UrsulaMonarch Loving Music for Wartime too! 6y
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missjenniferlowe
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Today's library haul!

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amycollard
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Good collection of short stories. I enjoyed the mix of settings and time periods. Some modern, set in the U.S., some set in the past, especially Cold War/communist Eastern Europe.

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