Books by Elizabeth Harris

MESSAGE FROM THE SHADOWS by Antonio Tabucchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2019

"A fine tribute to a writer defined by his singular command of mood and mystery."
A career-spanning story collection from Tabucchi (1943-2012; For Isabel: A Mandala, 2017, etc.) exploring the liminal spaces between dream and waking, fact and fiction. Read full book review >
FOR ISABEL by Antonio Tabucchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An unusually structured but engaging jaunt into the ineffable."
One man's search for a missing woman grows less factual and more metaphysical. Read full book review >
TRISTANO DIES by Antonio Tabucchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An admirable if challenging reworking of the overworked themes of war-hero tales."
A war hero delivers a final, mournful series of remembrances just as his memories begin to scatter. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE GARDEN by Giulio Mozzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Although Mozzi's style is crisp and straightforward, the stories themselves are beautifully nuanced and elliptical."
Eight elegantly translated short stories—cryptic, wry and witty. Read full book review >
THE ANT GENERATOR by Elizabeth Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1991

Strange and fascinating tales from Texas, and winner of the 1991 John Simmons Short Fiction Award, by a writer whose work has appeared in the Antioch Review, Kansas Quarterly, and Southwest Review, as well in the anthology New Stories from the South. In ``The Ant Generator,'' a woman dreams she can create electricity by harnessing the energy of ants; in ``Hybrid Wolfdogs,'' an aging real-estate investor commits himself to caring for a pair of mongrel wolves; in ``The Green Balcony,'' a woman remains on her apartment terrace for days, hoping that a vision will tell her how to live her life. Harris's characters are an eccentric crew, outcasts from mainstream America caught up in a quasi-comic struggle to create some sense—or at least structure— in their lives. Her stories are the kind one might hear, if one were lucky, in a half-empty Texas barroom on a summer afternoon. The author's unerring feel for Texan cadence and dialogue (``His old lady was sitting up there in the front seat like she's gonna make him jack her up with the car. She's something else, wears them big dresses you could crawl under there with her. I wouldn't mind. She's got a mouth on her, too'') communicates a wry understanding of the men (and, occasionally, women) who drift through the state on their way, they hope, to somewhere better. If some tales remain frustratingly enigmatic (including ``Like Family,'' in which an heiress resolves a marital crisis by giving all her money to a friend, and ``The World Record Holder,'' in which a 46-year-old teacher devotes herself to surpassing the world record for standing on one foot), the sense of wonder and comedy they afford is worth the read. Sly, original, and never dull. Read full book review >