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Best Fiction of 2012: Short Story Collections

  • FICTION

    BLASPHEMY

    OCT. 2, 2012

FICTION

BLASPHEMY

by Sherman Alexie

Whether recent or from his earliest period, these pieces show Alexie at his best: as an interpreter and observer, always... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER

    SEPT. 11, 2012

FICTION

THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER

by Junot Díaz

Not as ambitious as Díaz’s Pulitzer Prize winner, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), but sharply observed and... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    AEROGRAMMES

    APRIL 5, 2012

FICTION

AEROGRAMMES

by Tania James

At every turn, James’ prose is crisp, observant and carefully controlled; unlike the narrator of “Escape Key,” who grows... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    DEAR LIFE

    NOV. 13, 2012

FICTION

DEAR LIFE

by Alice Munro

The author knows what matters, and the stories pay attention to it. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    I AM AN EXECUTIONER

    APRIL 10, 2012

  • FICTION

    HAPPINESS IS A CHEMICAL IN THE BRAIN

    MAY 7, 2012

FICTION

HAPPINESS IS A CHEMICAL IN THE BRAIN

by Lucia Perillo

Emotionally unflinching stories of considerable power, wonder and humor. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WE'RE FLYING

    AUG. 14, 2012

FICTION

WE'RE FLYING

by Peter Stamm translated by Michael Hofmann

For those who have an affinity for metaphysical fiction written with a surgeon’s precision, this collection will spur... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE BOOK OF MISCHIEF

    SEPT. 4, 2012

FICTION

THE BOOK OF MISCHIEF

by Steve Stern

Stern weaves an intricate and clever web of stories steeped in both sacred and mundane Jewish culture. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE NEWS FROM SPAIN

    OCT. 11, 2012

FICTION

THE NEWS FROM SPAIN

by Joan Wickersham

Short stories don’t get much better than this, and for once, the overarching framework strengthens rather than dissipates... Full review >

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