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Disruptions: Stories

Another winner from an expert in short fiction and well-crafted disquiet.

I Am My Country: And Other Stories

This is engrossing reading, and Orhan provides smart insight into a complicated country as no newspaper ever could. Highly recommended.

Witness: Stories

A refreshing second book from a talented new writer.

The Hive and the Honey: Stories

Yoon takes readers around the world for a satisfying, insightful read.

Sidle Creek

In fresh, bristly language, McIlwain captures rural life from a new angle. A surprising read.

Holler, Child: Stories

Watkins expands her grasp with stories that are distinctive yet create an indivisible, propulsive whole, and readers will be hard-pressed to put the book down.

Hush Harbor

Throughout, there’s a sense of edgy anticipation, and not just because of the content. Readers will also understand that they are encountering an exciting new voice in literature.

The Unsettled

Another triumph for Mathis.


Jack’s friend Ben says of his master’s thesis, “Ostensibly it’s about Wicker Park. But really? It’s about life.” Hill’s book is ostensibly about one couple’s relationship. But really? It’s about life. Highly recommended.

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