SciFi & Fantasy

Take a Look Inside Black Glass by Karen Joy Fowler

An early work from PEN/Faulkner Award winner and Man Booker finalist Karen Joy Fowler, reissued and beautifully repackaged for new fans and old.

It was a Wednesday afternoon in the Senate Bar.  Schilling, the proprietor, stood behind the curved counter, stroking the shot glasses with a towel.  Every part of the bar was reflected in the mirror wall behind him: the marble and black onyx floor, the oiled cherry-wood counter, the brass bar rail.  A chandelier hung in the center of the ceiling.  Rows of cut-glass decanters filled the shelves.  Schilling ran his towel over their glass stoppers.  In the corner, on the big screen, Cher danced and sang a song for the U.S. Navy.  Schilling had the sound off.

There were three customers.  Two sat together at a table near the door.  They were businessmen.  One of them smoked.  Both of them drank...

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