Short Stories

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“While The Testaments drops some of its political threads, it’s a wonderfully-written, absorbing novel.

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“Walbert’s prose is undeniably lovely, and her stories evoke vivid moments in time.”

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“This balance, between nihilism and delight, is the great power of Fly Already.

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Maxim Loskutoff’s story collection Come West and See spans a wide chronology, from a story set in the 1893 Montana Territory to stories set in a not-so-distant future in which somewhat vag

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“Long before immigration was a topic we debated daily, sometimes hourly, Edwidge Danticat wrote for, and about, immigrants.”

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“The seven stories in Hunter’s Moon feature a recurring cast of men and women, and in each tale a new aspect of their character is revealed.

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When you’re a dedicated novel reader, it’s hard to switch to short stories. That format is just too . . .

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Orange World and Other Stories exposes the difficulties of wanting. . . . Characters long for things that have no name. They live on the edge of terror.

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“Puntí is clever without ever being saccharine, literary in choice of phrase without ever being obtuse—always a joy to read.”

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Before I Wake is a welcome addition to the David Morrell canon. It showcases the author’s versatility and wide range of interests and influences . . .”

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Maggie Brown & Others is a book of shorter-than-most stories that is finished off with a shorter-than-most novel, or novella.

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“definitely a book that should be on the list of all noir lovers.

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“a promising debut from a graceful and compassionate writer.”

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“Drager’s intoxicating novel presents itself like the box in Schrödinger’s famous cat experiment. Until you open the box, the cat is both alive and dead.

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“If Jorge Luis Borges’ fables had deep human dimension, they would read like Chiang’s tales; Chiang’s writing deserves to be treated with equal respect and reverence.”

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“This is a collection to savor in bits and bite-sized portions; there are too many pungencies to swallow in one gulp.”

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“Guestbook is best appreciated as a portable art installation. The book is enigmatic at every turn, but gorgeously realized.

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The stories in Ha Seong-Nan’s Flowers of Mold are an acquired taste. Fortunately, taste for them can be developed awfully fast.

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“As bleak as this collection is, a bright ray of light shines through. That ray is called ‘talent,’ and Young-ha Kim is an author who deserves to be very famous.”

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Wounds will no doubt be remembered as one of the most disquieting and memorable short story collections to come out this year.”

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“I have always preferred to disguise my feelings from others.”—almost every character in almost every short story by Gerald Murnane.

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“Hempel’s stripped-down prose carries enormous emotional weight. Her writing is devoid of all clichés.

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“Lot is far from a bleak read. Washington’s language takes the dense texture of poverty and turns into poetry.”

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