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Best Short Fiction of 2019

  • FICTION

    EXHALATION

    MAY 8, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

EXHALATION

by Ted Chiang

Visionary speculative stories that will change the way readers see themselves and the world around them: This book delivers... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SABRINA & CORINA

    APRIL 2, 2019

FICTION

SABRINA & CORINA

by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Fajardo-Anstine takes aim at our country's social injustices and ills without succumbing to pessimism. The result is a... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SING TO IT

    MARCH 26, 2019

FICTION

SING TO IT

by Amy Hempel

Hempel’s great gift is that her indirection only leads us further inward, toward the place where her characters must finally... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FULL THROTTLE

    OCT. 1, 2019

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

FULL THROTTLE

by Joe Hill

Miniature masterworks of modern horror proving that life is hard, weird, and always fatal. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE

    MAY 7, 2019

FICTION

CALM SEA AND PROSPEROUS VOYAGE

by Bette Howland

This achingly beautiful book throbs with life, compassion, warmth, and humor; hums with an undercurrent of existential... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MAGGIE BROWN & OTHERS

    JULY 2, 2019

FICTION

MAGGIE BROWN & OTHERS

by Peter Orner

Insightful, rueful, and often humorous, this collection holds a mirror to contemporary life and gives the reader much to... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    LOOK HOW HAPPY I'M MAKING YOU

    MARCH 19, 2019

FICTION

LOOK HOW HAPPY I'M MAKING YOU

by Polly Rosenwaike

An exquisite collection that is candid, compassionate, and emotionally complex. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    ORANGE WORLD AND OTHER STORIES

    MAY 14, 2019

FICTION

ORANGE WORLD AND OTHER STORIES

by Karen Russell

A momentous feat of storytelling in an already illustrious career. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE WORLD DOESN'T REQUIRE YOU

    AUG. 20, 2019

FICTION

THE WORLD DOESN'T REQUIRE YOU

by Rion Amilcar Scott

Mordantly bizarre and trenchantly observant, these stories stake out fresh territory in the nation’s literary landscape. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GRAND UNION

    OCT. 8, 2019

FICTION

GRAND UNION

by Zadie Smith

Several of Smith's stories are on their ways to becoming classics. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    OLIVE, AGAIN

    OCT. 15, 2019

FICTION

OLIVE, AGAIN

by Elizabeth Strout

Beautifully written and alive with compassion, at times almost unbearably poignant. A thrilling book in every way. Full review >

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