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Best Short Fiction of 2018

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    FRIDAY BLACK

    OCT. 23, 2018

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    THE RIGHT INTENTION

    MARCH 6, 2018

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THE RIGHT INTENTION

by Andrés Barba ; translated by Lisa Dillman

A gorgeous, fully realized collection in which each novella can be appreciated on its own as well as in concert with the... Full review >

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    EVENING IN PARADISE

    NOV. 6, 2018

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EVENING IN PARADISE

by Lucia Berlin

No dead author is more alive on the page than Berlin: funny, dark, and so in love with the world. Full review >

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    YOUR DUCK IS MY DUCK

    SEPT. 25, 2018

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YOUR DUCK IS MY DUCK

by Deborah Eisenberg

These brilliant stories invoke the desire for something other than what you've been given, which applies to us as much as to... Full review >

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    FLORIDA

    JUNE 5, 2018

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FLORIDA

by Lauren Groff

A literary tour de force of precariousness set in a blistering place, a state shaped like a gun. Full review >

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    HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SAVE YOURSELF

    AUG. 21, 2018

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HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SAVE YOURSELF

by JM Holmes

The publisher says Holmes is working on his first novel. This collection makes you thirst for whatever’s coming next. Full review >

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    THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN

    JAN. 16, 2018

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THE LARGESSE OF THE SEA MAIDEN

by Denis Johnson

American literature suffered a serious loss with Johnson's death. These final stories underscore what we'll miss. Full review >

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    TODDLER HUNTING

    OCT. 26, 2018

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TODDLER HUNTING

by Taeko Kono ; translated by Lucy North

Kono should be an electrifying discovery for English-speaking lovers of short fiction. Full review >

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    WILD MILK

    OCT. 1, 2018

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WILD MILK

by Sabrina Orah Mark

Stories in which laughter is sometimes the only response to sorrow, beauty is strange, and love is fierce and unending. A... Full review >

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    HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE

    APRIL 10, 2018

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HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE

by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

In an era when writers of color are broadening the space in which class and culture as well as race are examined,... Full review >

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    LAST STORIES

    MAY 15, 2018

FICTION

LAST STORIES

by William Trevor

As always, Trevor navigates the rough seas of human relations with a new angle, fresh language, deep sympathy, and uncanny... Full review >

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