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Best Short Fiction of 2022

  • FICTION

    NATURAL HISTORY

    SEPT. 13, 2022

  • FICTION

    SEEKING FORTUNE ELSEWHERE

    MARCH 8, 2022

FICTION

SEEKING FORTUNE ELSEWHERE

by Sindya Bhanoo

Graceful stories by a writer with enormous empathy for even the most flawed and forlorn among us. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    PRETEND IT'S MY BODY

    OCT. 18, 2022

FICTION

PRETEND IT'S MY BODY

by Luke Dani Blue

Original work intent on creating new ways to imagine transformations. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    IF I SURVIVE YOU

    SEPT. 6, 2022

FICTION

IF I SURVIVE YOU

by Jonathan Escoffery

A fine debut that looks at the complexities of cultural identity with humor, savvy, and a rich sense of place. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    STORIES FROM THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS

    AUG. 16, 2022

FICTION

STORIES FROM THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS

by Sidik Fofana

A potentially significant voice in African American fiction asserts itself with wit and compassion. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    OUT THERE

    MARCH 29, 2022

  • FICTION

    LESSER KNOWN MONSTERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY

    FEB. 1, 2022

  • FICTION

    A CALM & NORMAL HEART

    JUNE 21, 2022

FICTION

A CALM & NORMAL HEART

by Chelsea T. Hicks

Dark and darkly comic stories that herald an important new voice in American letters. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT

    MARCH 8, 2022

FICTION

THE LAST SUSPICIOUS HOLDOUT

by Ladee Hubbard

Hubbard’s eyes and ears are in superb working order as she tells this besieged community’s life story. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    GOD'S CHILDREN ARE LITTLE BROKEN THINGS

    JUNE 7, 2022

FICTION

GOD'S CHILDREN ARE LITTLE BROKEN THINGS

by Arinze Ifeakandu

Deftly capturing the richness and dangers of romantic connection, these stories complicate and reimagine queer narratives. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NOBODY GETS OUT ALIVE

    APRIL 12, 2022

FICTION

NOBODY GETS OUT ALIVE

by Leigh Newman

Bighearted stories of domestic discord by a writer with a cleareyed view of Alaska's romance and hardscrabble realism. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    LIBERATION DAY

    OCT. 18, 2022

FICTION

LIBERATION DAY

by George Saunders

A tour de force collection that showcases all of Saunders’ many skills. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NIGHT OF THE LIVING REZ

    JULY 5, 2022

FICTION

NIGHT OF THE LIVING REZ

by Morgan Talty

Ranging from grim to tender, these stories reveal the hardships facing a young Native American in contemporary America. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE ANGEL OF ROME

    JUNE 28, 2022

FICTION

THE ANGEL OF ROME

by Jess Walter

Not sure why the author is in such a good mood, but it's contagious. Prepare for delight. Full review >

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    YOUR NOSTALGIA IS KILLING ME

    APRIL 26, 2022

FICTION

YOUR NOSTALGIA IS KILLING ME

by John Weir

Sharp, elegiac, angry, funny stories with a searing loneliness often just underneath the surface. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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