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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

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Invisible Love

Throughout the admirably sentimental short stories of France's Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, the keyword is amour. Schmitt's beaus and belles adore kidnapped children, unrequited lovers, and loyal hounds, in stories which touch the heart and rouse the spirit.

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Thunderstruck

It's been two decades since Elizabeth McCracken's bravura story collection Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry.  At long last she returns to the form in this collection, nine tales of ordinary lives transformed in ways large and small.  The title promises electricity: the contents deliver.

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Painted Cities

With ashcan realism, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski chronicles the inner life of an entire Chicago neighborhood through these vivid and authentic stories.  A touch of magical realism creates zest comparable to the humanist parables of Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut.

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The Corpse Exhibition

Hassan Blasim offers his first-hand account of contemporary Iraq, in surreal short stories alive with awe, empathy, and a native son's vantage point.

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What's Important is Feeling

Adam Wilson's fierce tales of botched dreams, conflicted ambitions and naïve missteps make for a millennial Winesburg, Ohio,  capturing all the idealism and cynicism of young cohorts facing tough realities.

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The UnAmericans

Molly Antopol's much-anticipated debut collects stories of estranged families from California to Belarus - each a compassionate portrait of political ideology's impact upon love's binding ties.  A Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Piano Stories

Dubbed "a writer like no other" in Italo Calvino's introduction to this newly reissued short story collection, Felisberto Hernandez here emerges as an underappreciated master of magical realism in the tradition of Cortazar and Marquez.

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Boy in the Twilight

In thirteen stories of China's closed quarters and shadowy paths, the joys and hardships of rural migrant life are captured in Yu Hua's keen eye and compassion.

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Forgiving the Angel

"Four Stories of Franz Kafka" metamorphize into a moving whole, via Jay Cantor's factual fictions on the author's friends, lovers, lost manuscripts, and legacy in 20th century Germany.

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Leaving the Sea

The iconoclastic Ben Marcus (The Flame Alphabet) takes flight in bold short stories of cruise ship infidelity, obsessive inter-office relations, and portraits of families devoted and otherwise.

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The Isle of Youth: Stories

The second short-story collection from Laura van den Berg delivers seven immaculately crafted tales concerning a welter of unusual women and the notably relatable lives they lead.

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Good Indian Girls

In twelve vivid stories, Ranbir Singth Sidhu paints tender, uproarious and incredibly insightful portraits of Indians living in America.

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Stay Up With Me

Tom Barbash's taut collection of stories grapples with the complexities of human connectivity, in the form of con men, single mothers and lustful professors.

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Stories II

Aging rock stars, adolescent girls, and asteroid-slain dinosaurs star in the laugh riots and tearjerkers of T.C. Boyle, one of the eminent short story writers of our time.

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Taking What I Like

Linda Bamber’s debut story collection presents classic characters of fiction and theater in rare modern form, including figures from Othello running a collegiate English department.

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The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy

A highly underrated 20th century writer presents a wealth of American eccentrics, including heat-stroked widows, hypnotizing predators, and a boy who swallows his father's wedding ring.

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Byzantium

The rise and fall of the ancient Greek metropolis is marvelously reimagined in Ben Stroud’s debut story collection, as it traverses the globe from Berlin to Lake Michigan. 

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Bobcat

Rebecca Lee's aptly named story collection is biting and sharp-witted enough to tear readers apart. Plagiarists, adulterers, and confidantes-for-hire prowl this wild Discover Great New Writers selection.

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The Unrest-Cure and Other Stories

Paired with the oddball, ingenious illustrations of Edward Gorey, this collection of Saki’s best stories follows the hypocritical exploits of the Victorian upper-class, and the cunning children who rebel against them.

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Love Among the Particles

This fantastical collection of short stories is a joyous compendium of characters time-traveling through the annals of literary history -  Mr. Hyde, Henry James, and Huckleberry Finn to name a few.

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The Peripatetic Coffin

A Russian ship trapped in ice, the first Confederate submarine, and the world's worst summer camp are just three of the settings for Ethan Rutherford's tales of expeditions gone awry.  A Discover Great New Writers selection.

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A Guide to Being Born

This preternatural collection of short stories touches on the stages of life in four parts: birth, gestation, conception and love. Ghosts of Civil War generals, phone sex-crazed families and “love-arms” (fall in love, grow an extra arm) populate these quirky, tender tales.  

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Spectacle

Staged everywhere from a plane crash to a carnival ride, Susan Steinberg’s pointed short stories present remarkable women overcoming turmoil and grief.

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Nothing Gold Can Stay

Ron Rash's short stories effortlessly shuttle readers through time --  from a Depression-era chain gang to the life of a late-night radio DJ.  But they remain deeply rooted in the  Appalachian mountain world he's captured in novels like The Cove and Serena.

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Fire and Forget

These rousing "Short Stories of the Long War" are uniquely resonant, as fiction penned by Iraq and Afghanistan-stationed soldiers and their spouses.  Foreword by Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin), with contributions from David Abrams (Fobbit), Phil Klay (The New York Times), and Brian Turner (NPR). 

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A History of the Present Illness

Physician and short story writer Louise Aronson puts her stethoscope to the heart of a San Francisco hospital.

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News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories

Jennifer Haigh delivers interwoven tales of working class humanity in the coal mining country of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, sharply returning to the world of her revered 2005 novel Baker Towers.  Spanning decades, Haigh magnifies a community's will to endure economic grief and heartbreak in each artfully crafted tale.

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Tenth of December

The fourth story collection from the fertile mind of George Saunders brings outrage and absurdity, from suburban serial killers to criminal lab rats in a futuristic prison.  Yet each tale evokes Saunders' deep sympathy for these souls lost in the twenty-first century funhouse.

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Dear Life

Set in the world that master storyteller Alice Munro has made her own, the countryside and towns around Lake Huron, this collection of short fiction sheds light on the small moments that define us: strange dreams, unforeseen accidents, homecomings that take unexpected turns. These are timeless gems from an inimitable voice.

 

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July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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