Fiction Archive

Dictionary Stories by Jez Burrows

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Inherent to Dictionary Stories is the question of what makes an ideal sentence that best reveals the meaning of a word.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

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The Female Persuasion never disappoints: there are twists and turns that keep us guessing, new voices to take on the storytelling task, and heartbreak as friends and lovers disappoint, deceive, and part ways.

Let’s No One Get Hurt by Jon Pineda

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Jon Pineda’s new novel has a vaguely apocalyptic feel, but the only apocalypse is a personal one for sixteen-year-old Pearl, as she comes of age while navigating a completely male world and its undercurrents of violence.

Awayland by Ramona Ausubel

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It’s great fun to watch Ausubel’s enormous imagination at work and to share the joy that emerges from her writing. That said, the strongest, and most haunting, stories in the collection make the magical real as they examine loss.

The Sea Beast Takes a Lover by Michael Andreasen

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The Sea Beast Takes a Lover is the debut short story collection from Michael Andreasen. Through a mix of absurdism, hyperbole, science fiction, history, and fantasy, the author draws a map of washed-up American dreams and fears.

The Driest Season by Meghan Kenny

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Falling into this book and living completely in its world for a day or two may be just the right way to read it.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Roy is sent to prison after he and his wife Celestial have been married for less than two years.

Review: THE LIVING INFINITE by Chantel Acevedo

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What illuminates Acevedo’s writing is how she weaves historical fact into a story that feels prescient in the contemporary cultural conversation.

Review: TALES OF TWO AMERICAS edited by John Freeman

Tale of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation  Edited by John Freeman Penguin; Sept 2017 252 pp; $17 Buy: paperback | eBook Reviewed by Anne Kniggendorf In his collection of 36 essays, poems, and stories entitled Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided

The Best Short Story I Read This Month: “The Cock in Cadwalader Heights” by Ariel Delgado Dixon

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In the short story “The Cock in the Cadwalader Heights” from the Masters Review, Ariel Delgado Dixon uses subtle details throughout the narrative to show how eleven-year-old Madín is starting to view the world differently.