Fiction & Creative Nonfiction

To order books, write to Managing Editor Katheryn Laborde: klaborde@xula.edu

Go Home and Cry For Yourselves

GO HOME AND CRY FOR YOURSELVES

Short stories by Tim Fitts

2017

ISBN 978-1883275273

$13.00

Tim Fitts writes with rare clarity and precision, in control of every sentence. His stories will leave you a slightly different person than you were before you read them, which is one of the reasons fiction still matters. His stories matter.

Tim Sandlin, author of Lydia, Sex and Sunsets, and Western Swing

Quirky, surprising and darkly humorous, Tim Fitts' characters will get under your skin. These memorable stories unsettle, as strong fiction should.

Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl

Powerful in its portrayal of Americans living on the margin between "just getting-by" and catastrophe -- financially, morally, existentially -- this is a riveting collection of short fiction that captures the voices, attitudes, and crippled/crippling days of its masterfully drawn characters.

Gordon Macalpine, author of Woman with a Blue Pencil

A wonderfully eclectic collection of amusing and contemplative short stories, with perfect undertones of dark humor. 

Adrian Wyllie, author of The Cassandra Trigger



What Went Missing & What Got Found

WHAT WENT MISSING AND WHAT GOT FOUND

Short stories by Fatima Shaik

2015

ISBN 978-1883275259

$16.00

A love letter to the entertaining, unpredictable, and flawed characters who populated New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina, What Went Missing and What Got Found is a lyrical short story collection with undertones of the blues.

Set in a deep-rooted community, the book describes the inner lives of outsiders with humor and tenderness. There are religious zealots, day-dreaming musicians, failed romantics, and more a mute woman who believes that the photos of starving children in the newspaper are speaking to her, a man who mourns the loss of his true love while being accused of her murder, and an old couple who spends their last night together as flood waters rise around their bed.

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Silver Threads

SILVER THREADS: 25 YEARS OF FICTION FROM XAVIER REVIEW

Edited by Thomas Bonner, Jr., Robert Skinner, and Richard Collins

2009

ISBN 978-1883275202

$21.95

A collection of 15 stories chosen from the first 25 years of Xavier Review, the creative writing journal of Xavier University of Louisiana. 

With stories by Jim Addison, Alvin Aubert, Robin Beeman, Lucille Bell, Fred Chappell, Andrei Codrescu, Mary Queen Donnelly, Zdravka Evtimova, Roger Jones, David Madden, Robert Morgan, Marc Schiffman, Fatima Shaik, Dabney Stuart, and Dana Wilde.

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Turning Up the Volume

TURNING UP THE VOLUME 

Creative nonfiction by Patrice Melnick

2005

ISBN  978-1883275150 

$12.95

A poet and essayist describes her joys and sorrows during twenty years of living with HIV in this funny and sometimes poignant memoir. Melnick describes in quick, bold strokes the minutia of arranging furniture, buying swimsuits, eating, dating, not dating, getting married while living under the shadow of potentially life-threatening illness. Running throughout the story is her life-long love of music, country, blues, pop, zydeco, a constant friend and companion that soothes, consoles and celebrates with her the ultimate joy of living.