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Short People

(2003)
A collection of stories by

 
 
An astonishing debut: ten stories that explore - and reveal - American childhood in all its glory, hope and conflict.
In Short People we encounter, among many others, Jason and Billy, best friends who discover by the age of six how to conquer the world, only to see this idyll then shatter before them; Shawn, whose baptism compels him to make life a holy hell for everyone around him; and Evan, who finds that his pursuit of a Boy Scout merit badge is luring him into uncharted social territory. In the meantime, an agonized couple exhausts their expectations for their own kids, with an aftermath that afflicts them all. There's also Mary, whose sixteenth birthday precipitates an adulthood she is scarcely prepared to enter, and Emmy, who began that same transition when she was only twelve. Finally, and perhaps most harrowingly, is the nurse who with eerie prescience delivers so many babies to their destiny.

In a remarkable display of imagination and compassion, Joshua Furst reconstrues our preconceptions about innocence, purity, faith and memory through an unflinching, pitch-perfect gaze, with both authority and originality. Each new story enhances a collection whose importance is thoroughly contemporary and at once hilarious and heartbreaking.

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Hardback Editions

February 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: Short People
Author(s): Joshua Furst
ISBN: 0-434-01187-8 / 978-0-434-01187-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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May 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Short People: Stories
Author(s): Joshua Furst
ISBN: 0-375-41431-2 / 978-0-375-41431-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

November 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Short People
Author(s): Joshua Furst
ISBN: 0-375-71407-3 / 978-0-375-71407-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

February 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Short People
Author(s): Joshua Furst
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Short People (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Joshua Furst
Publisher: Vintage
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