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LA shorts
Gilbar, Steven.
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Heyday Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
viii, 278 pages ; 22 cm
Eternal love / Karen E. Bender -- Stupid girl / Louis Berney -- Temporary light / Kate Braverman -- Where we are now / Ethan Canin -- Free your mind and your ass will follow / Michelle T. Clinton -- Night sky / Bernard Cooper -- The rocky hills of Trancas / William Harrison -- The palace of marriage / Karen Karbo -- My father's Chinese wives / Sandra Tsing Loh -- Crazy life / Lou Mathews -- Winter in Los Angeles / Tom McNeal -- Traffic / Ruben Mendoza -- The thief / Walter Mosley -- Girl on fire / Yxta Maya Murray -- Los Angeles here and now / Ann Nietzke -- The court interpreter / Ty Pak -- The spells of an ordinary twilight / Donald Rawley -- Day 'n nite / Rachel Resnick.
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PS572.L6 L28 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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LA Shorts presents a diversity of themes, voices, and writing styles in short stories as varied as Los Angeles itself. Among the stories featured here are those by well-known voices such as Ethan Canin, Walter Mosley, and Kate Braverman, as well as those by emerging writers such as Ty Pak, Sandra Tsing Loh, and Karen Bender.

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Booklist Review

Under the auspices of a good editor, a collection such as this one will gather together stories that stand on their own and also complement each other, coming together like puzzle pieces to give the reader a sense of the city as a whole. Fortunately, Gilbar is one such editor. The stories he has chosen are more than worthy individually; having them collected together is a special treat. As diverse as L.A. itself, the stories reveal that the land of glamour isn't all it appears to be, but that doesn't mean it's a bad place to live. Louis Berney reveals another side of sunny Disneyland in his chilling story, "Stupid Girl." William Harrison's contribution, "The Rocky Hills of Trancas," divided into sections in screenplay format, uncovers the shallowness behind romantic and even familial connections. Contributions from Karen Bender, Bernard Cooper, Ethan Canin, Sandra Tsing Loh, Walter Mosley, and many others strengthen the set. All in all, Gilbar has compiled an impressive anthology of stories, each showing a different side of the city of L.A. --Kristine Huntley