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Stories from Small Town Europe

Edited by Maria Crossan


152 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Mass Market

Mass Market, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $17.95)

Publication Date: December 2008

ISBN 9781905583133

Rights: US & CA

Comma Press (Dec 2008)

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Challenging the preconceptions of the hypothetical “small town,” this collection of short stories vividly portrays a variety of imaginative characters. In Germany, a house-husband is slowly sent over the edge by his over-achieving neighbors. In the Norwegian town of Odda, a middle-aged Morrissey fan has a matter of hours to find a girlfriend so his ailing mother can die in peace. On a broad European canvas, these diverse tales paint a tightly knit community in a positive light. Centering on gestures such as white lies, indifference, small kindnesses, and secrets, this intriguing anthology is sure to fascinate and entertain.


"A rewarding read." —The Guardian

"Europe is heavy with history and the trace left by cataclysm and upheaval. These are present in these tales, and yet coexist with a kind of wry and knowing playfulness." —A. S. Byatt, The Times

Author Biography

Maria Crossan is a translations editor at Comma Press. She is the editor of The Book of Leeds and Decapolis.