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Best Story Collections of 2014

  • FICTION

    THE OTHER LANGUAGE

    APRIL 8, 2014

FICTION

THE OTHER LANGUAGE

by Francesca Marciano

And so it goes—each of Marciano’s stories is a gem, with fully realized characters wistfully and beautifully captured... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER

    SEPT. 30, 2014

FICTION

THE ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER

by Hilary Mantel

“What would Anita Brookner do?” asks one of Mantel’s protagonists. The answer, we’d like to think, is this: She’d read... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE WOMAN WHO BORROWED MEMORIES

    OCT. 21, 2014

FICTION

THE WOMAN WHO BORROWED MEMORIES

by Tove Jansson ; translated by Thomas Teal ; Silvester Mazzarella

Windows crop up often in Jansson’s stories, reflecting the transparent wall between her lonely characters and their worlds... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    REDEPLOYMENT

    MARCH 4, 2014

FICTION

REDEPLOYMENT

by Phil Klay

A no-nonsense and informed reckoning with combat. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    AMERICAN INNOVATIONS

    MAY 6, 2014

FICTION

AMERICAN INNOVATIONS

by Rivka Galchen

Galchen’s stories feel remarkably believable, despite their suggestion of alternate worlds and lives. This is a collection... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE WILDS

    OCT. 14, 2014

FICTION

THE WILDS

by Julia Elliott

This book will take you to places you never dreamed of going and aren't quite sure you want to stay, but you won't regret... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES

    APRIL 22, 2014

FICTION

THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES

by Elizabeth McCracken

McCracken’s skewed perspectives make this a powerfully if quietly disturbing volume. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FAMILY FURNISHINGS

    NOV. 13, 2014

FICTION

FAMILY FURNISHINGS

by Alice Munro

In fact, all that can be expected from these economical, expertly told stories is that they’re near peerless, modern... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MR. BONES

    SEPT. 30, 2014

FICTION

MR. BONES

by Paul Theroux

A versatile, prolific author asserts his pre-eminence in short fiction with an unassuming brilliance that almost makes you... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE TAO OF HUMILIATION

    MAY 13, 2014

FICTION

THE TAO OF HUMILIATION

by Lee Upton

These 17 tales explore personal and familial relationships with both pathos and humor—and all are well worth reading. Full review >

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