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Best Short Fiction of 2020

  • FICTION

    IF I HAD TWO WINGS

    AUG. 4, 2020

FICTION

IF I HAD TWO WINGS

by Randall Kenan

Ten artful stories conjure contemporary North Carolina, mouthwatering and matter-of-factly haunted. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SANSEI AND SENSIBILITY

    MAY 5, 2020

FICTION

SANSEI AND SENSIBILITY

by Karen Tei Yamashita

A humane vision of people and their stories traveling, learning, sometimes suffering, and always changing. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES

    SEPT. 1, 2020

FICTION

THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES

by Deesha Philyaw

Tender, fierce, proudly Black and beautiful, these stories will sneak inside you and take root. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    COLLECTED STORIES

    NOV. 3, 2020

FICTION

COLLECTED STORIES

by Shirley Hazzard

Sharply intelligent, nuanced, precise, and subtly hilarious. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    LAKE LIKE A MIRROR

    MARCH 10, 2020

FICTION

LAKE LIKE A MIRROR

by Ho Sok Fong ; translated by Natascha Bruce

Straddling the surreal and the pointedly political, Ho reveals herself to be a writer of immense talent and range. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    COLLECTED STORIES

    MARCH 3, 2020

FICTION

COLLECTED STORIES

by Lorrie Moore

This expansive, exquisite collection cements Moore’s standing as one of the greatest short story writers of our time. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE AWKWARD BLACK MAN

    SEPT. 15, 2020

FICTION

THE AWKWARD BLACK MAN

by Walter Mosley

The range and virtuosity of these stories make this Mosley’s most adventurous and, maybe, best book. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    TRUTHTELLING

    OCT. 6, 2020

FICTION

TRUTHTELLING

by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Wise, wry, and witty—theses stories in all their stylistic variations are perfect. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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