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Milk Blood Heat

Highly recommended; catch this writer early in her game.

Best Short Stories 2020

PREMIUM

Land of Big Numbers

Told in a straightforward journalist’s style, Chen’s stories are filled with individuals facing hardships of varying degrees, with no happy endings to be found She delves into the human psyche to ponder just how far individuals will go tolerate duress. Not light reading, but this collection may be of interest to those looking for book group titles addressing the challenges of finding success, happiness, love, and contentment.

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A striking and memorable collection of surprising stories and shifting identities.

That Old CountryMusic: Stories

The multi-award-winning Barry (Night Boat to Tangier) dazzles with his word wizardry and the effortless grace of his perfect sentences. Highly recommended.
PREMIUM

In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on Serena

At turns dark, craggy, and heart-wrenching, Rash’s writing is never easy, but it is also lovely, moving, and rich in history and culture, just like the Appalachian region it so beautifully captures. Highly recommended for both those just discovering Rash and for returning readers. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/20.]
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You Are Not What We Expected

Readers familiar with Toronto will appreciate the insider’s portrayal and even recognize specific buildings and blocks, but all readers can enjoy Ludwig’s (Holding My Breath) writing. She shows great empathy for her characters, even when they behave badly.
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I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories

These well-crafted and intelligent stories about the many ways a life can be haunted will gratify readers who enjoy perceptive, slightly gothic tales.

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Fifty-Two Stories

Though some readers may prefer a more straightforward, colloquial style, fans of heightened language will enjoy this translation, which should appeal to a wide audience. A comprehensive volume that will satisfy the needs of many libraries.
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