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Prcic, Ismet.
New York : Black Cat ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publisher's Group West, c2011.

"Ismet Prcic's brilliant, provocative, and propulsively energetic debut is about a young Bosnian, also named Ismet Prcic, who has fled his war-torn homeland and is now struggling to reconcile his past with his present life in California. He is advised that in order to make peace with the corrosive guilt he harbors over leaving behind his family behind, he must 'write everything.' The result is a great rattlebag of memories, confessions, and fictions: sweetly humorous recollections of Ismet's childhood in Tuzla appear alongside anguished letters to his mother about the challenges of life in this new world. As Ismet's foothold in the present falls away, his writings are further complicated by stories from the point of view of another young man -- real or imagined -- named Mustafa, who joined a troop of elite soldiers and stayed in Bosnia to fight. When Mustafa's story begins to overshadow Ismet's new-world identity, the reader is charged with piecing together the fragments of a life that has become eerily unrecognizable, even to the one living it. Shards is a thrilling read -- a harrowing war story, a stunningly inventive coming of age, and a heartbreaking saga of a splintered family."--Publisher's description

The Sisters brothers
The Sisters brothers
deWitt, Patrick, 1975-
When a frontier baron known as the Commodore orders Charlie and Eli Sisters, his hired gunslingers, to track down and kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm's claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers.

Lean on Pete : a novel
Lean on Pete : a novel
Vlautin, Willy.
Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson has been pretty much on his own as the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest. When tragic events leave him homeless weeks after their move to Portland, Oregon, Charley seeks refuge in the tack room of a run-down horse track. Charley's only conforts are his friendship with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete and a photograph of his only known relative.

Livability : stories
Livability : stories
Raymond, Jon.
These nine gorgeous stories from novelist and screenwriter Raymond find pallid Northwesterners testing the moral perimeters of their decent lives. In The Suckling Pig, set around the preparations for a dinner party, the divorced middle-aged host hires two Mexican men for some yard work at his suburban house, then adds them to the guest list to spur on what turns out to be a transformative and class-blurring evening. The wayward protagonist of Train Choir hopes to make it to Alaska and find work with the fisheries, but she gets caught stealing food for her dog, setting off a chain of mishaps that sinks her deeper into a perverse, solitary rut. In Young Bodies, 17-year-old Russian emigre Kendra sneaks into the store where she works to return the money she'd stolen, only to get locked in the mall for the night with an increasingly unsympathetic co-worker. A sense of fragility pervades these characters' lives, and as the upsets that threaten each of them simmer, Raymond reveals how close failure (and worse) lingers.


Bearing the body
Bearing the body
Havazelet, Ehud.


Twenty questions : a novel
Clement, Alison, 1953-
New York : Atria Books, 2006.


The best people in the world : a novel
Tussing, Justin.
New York : HarperCollins, c2006.


How I paid for college : a novel of sex, theft, friendship & musical theater
Acito, Marc, 1966-
New York : Broadway Books, 2004.


Axeman's jazz : a novel
Daugherty, Tracy.
Dallas, Tex. : Southern Methodist University Press, 2003.


His mother's son
Emmons, Cai.
New York : Harcourt, c2003.


The necessary grace to fall : stories
Ochsner, Gina, 1970-
Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, c2002.


2001 Throwing knives
Tinsley, Molly Best.
Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c2000.


Storm riders
Lesley, Craig.
New York : Picador USA, 2000.


Like never before
Havazelet, Ehud.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1998.


The ugliest house in the world : stories
Davies, Peter Ho, 1966-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1997.


Fight Club : a novel
Palahniuk, Chuck.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 1996.


What falls away : a novel
Daugherty, Tracy.
New York : W.W. Norton, c1996.


1995 Native speaker
Lee, Chang-rae.
New York : Riverhead Books, c1995.


Arabian jazz
Abu-Jaber, Diana.
New York : Norton, 2003.


1993 Dreams like thunder
Simmons, Diane.
Brownsville, OR : Story Line Press, c1992.


1992 Searoad : the chronicles of Klatsand
Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-
New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1991.


1991 (no recipients)


1990 The jump-off creek
Gloss, Molly.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1989.


1989 Cardinal Numbers
Brown, Hob

1988 Within Normal Limits
Grimson, Todd

1987 Resurrectionists
Working, Russell

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