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Cream and Sugar
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Price: Free! Words: 84,380. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Meet the Pierces, a middle-aged mixed-race couple who've staked their ground in suburbia, with careers, SUV, dog and 2.1 children. Stir in a dash of fatigue and a pinch of cynicism, and you have a recipe for domestic disaster. Enter Liane, young, white, beautiful. Elton Pierce, an ad exec who has devoted his working life to the manipulation of desire, finds himself helpless in Liane's presence.
Hogtown
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Price: Free! Words: 86,130. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Set against the mass arrests of the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, Hogtown traces the transformation of an unnamed law student from conservative cog in a legal machine to conscientized activist facing the disruption of everything in her life. I dedicate this book to the protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Think of the Toronto experience as a test run.
Sex With Dead People
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Price: Free! Words: 47,690. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
What do you do if the subway breaks down mid-tunnel and you have to pee? If Leonard Cohen unexpectedly arrives for dinner, how close should you let him get to your wife? What do you say to a psychiatrist who shows an unnatural interest in your brains? With more wit than wisdom, David Allan Barker offers 28 short stories which answer these and other pressing questions.
The Land
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Price: Free! Words: 63,900. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(3.00 from 1 review)
Don’t bury a body on your land if you want to keep your certification as an organic farmer. The Land is a macabre satire about gun culture and anti-government conspiracy theorists.

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  • Beautiful Machine on Jan. 30, 2013

    Beautiful Machine opens with sly generalities, playing on our assumptions. The headmistress accompanies an unnamed girl to a train station and surrenders her to military personnel. She boards the train with people who look like her. Before the train leaves the station, a young man tries to escape but the soldiers shoot him. The girl doesn't know where the train is going, or for what purpose, but she knows she is a prisoner. The soldiers have a name for her, and for her fellow prisoners, and although Cooper doesn't offer the name, we can imagine it for ourselves. We think "Jew" or worse. We think this is a Holocaust narrative. The soldiers are Nazis. The prisoners on the train are headed to the ovens. But as the story proceeds, Cooper drops hints that challenge our assumptions. The soldiers have names like like Brighten, Harris, and Burton. The prisoners have names like Nazmiya, Raheel and Waa’il, and although we never learn the girl’s real name, some of the prisoners call her Ahlem. Nazmiya wears a shawl. The soldiers have white skin and the prisoners have brown skin. We discover that we are reading an alternative history in the spirit of Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle. It isn't Nazis who are the oppressors here, but Americans. And in this history, the victims are a different people altogether. Like all good dystopian literature, the horror of Beautiful Machine does not lie in imagined atrocities of a different time and place, but rather, in the fact that the world it presents is eerily familiar. Using clean and understated prose, PW Cooper casts an unflinching gaze upon the world we have made for ourselves and draws it imaginatively to a logical conclusion—a final solution.