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Best Story Collections of 2015

  • FICTION

    GET IN TROUBLE

    FEB. 3, 2015

FICTION

GET IN TROUBLE

by Kelly Link

Exquisite, cruelly wise and the opposite of reassuring, these stories linger like dreams and will leave readers looking over... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION

    AUG. 4, 2015

FICTION

THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION

by China Miéville

Bradbury meets Borges, with Lovecraft gibbering tumultuously just out of hearing. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    VOICES IN THE NIGHT

    APRIL 16, 2015

FICTION

VOICES IN THE NIGHT

by Steven Millhauser

A superb testament to America’s quirkiest short story writer, still on his game. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FORTUNE SMILES

    AUG. 18, 2015

FICTION

FORTUNE SMILES

by Adam Johnson

Bittersweet, elegant, full of hard-won wisdom: this is no ordinary book, either. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

    JUNE 9, 2015

  • FICTION

    THE COMPLETE STORIES

    AUG. 4, 2015

FICTION

THE COMPLETE STORIES

by Clarice Lispector ; translated by Katrina Dodson ; edited by Benjamin Moser

Essential and sure to turn up soon on reading lists in courses in women’s studies and Jewish diaspora literature as well as... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO

    OCT. 13, 2015

FICTION

THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO

by Anthony Marra

A powerful and melancholy vision of a nation with long memories and relentless turmoil. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN

    AUG. 18, 2015

FICTION

A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN

by Lucia Berlin ; edited by Stephen Emerson

A testament to a writer whose explorations of society’s rougher corners deserve wider attention. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SINGLE, CAREFREE, MELLOW

    FEB. 3, 2015

FICTION

SINGLE, CAREFREE, MELLOW

by Katherine Heiny

These young women are sympathetic and slyly seductive, sometimes selfish and maddeningly un–self-aware, but they are... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LOVE OBJECT

    MAY 5, 2015

FICTION

THE LOVE OBJECT

by Edna O’Brien

With an introduction by John Banville and a dedication to Philip Roth, this collection positions O’Brien among the literary... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    HONEYDEW

    JAN. 6, 2015

FICTION

HONEYDEW

by Edith Pearlman

Without quite the moral gravity of Alice Munro but with all the skill: Pearlman serves up exemplary tales, lively and lovely. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THIS ANGEL ON MY CHEST

    OCT. 5, 2015

FICTION

THIS ANGEL ON MY CHEST

by Leslie Pietrzyk

Like Magic Rocks in a fishbowl, these stories turn the stones of grief into something bright, crystalline, mesmerizing. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BAREFOOT DOGS

    MARCH 10, 2015

FICTION

BAREFOOT DOGS

by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

A nimble debut that demonstrates not a singular narrative voice but a realistic chorus of them. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE WATER MUSEUM

    APRIL 7, 2015

FICTION

THE WATER MUSEUM

by Luis Alberto Urrea

Urrea’s command of language is matched only by his empathy for his characters. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    SISTERS OF THE REVOLUTION

    AUG. 1, 2015

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

SISTERS OF THE REVOLUTION

edited by Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer

A necessary, well-curated anthology that shows the singular political power of speculative fiction. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE VISITING PRIVILEGE

    SEPT. 9, 2015

FICTION

THE VISITING PRIVILEGE

by Joy Williams

Williams, to belabor the metaphor, isn’t just a closer, but a utility player at the top of her game. If you want to see how... Full review >

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