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New Australian Fiction 2021

New Australian Fiction 2021

Rebecca Starford

New Australian Fiction features brilliant writers with distinct experiences, voices and styles from all corners of Australia

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Milk Blood Heat

Milk Blood Heat

Dantiel W. Moniz

One of the hottest US debuts of 2021, Milk Blood Heat is a breakout collection of stories about race, sex, love, death, and the intimate wonders and violences of the female body.

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Tunneling To The Center Of The Earth

Tunneling To The Center Of The Earth

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The imaginative and refreshingly original debut short story collection by the bestselling author of Nothing to See Here

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You do not know of Paige Clark, but you soon will

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The first English language publication of the work of Izumi Suzuki, a legend of Japanese science fiction and a countercultural icon.

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A masterpiece of contemporary Gothic from the internationally acclaimed author of Things We Lost in the Fire.

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Mcsweeney'S Quarterly Issue 62: Queer Fiction Issue

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Patti Yumi Cottrell, Dave Eggers

McSweeney's 62: The Queer Fiction Issue collects absurd, bold, bleak, humorous, and astonishing works of fiction and art by queer writers of all orientations.

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Male Tears

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Benjamin Myers

In Male Tears, a debut collection of stories that brings together over fifteen years of work, Benjamin Myers lays bare the male psyche in all its fragility, complexity and failure, its hubris and forbidden tenderness.

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Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now

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Ellen van Neerven

Curated and introduced by award-winning author Ellen van Neerven, Flock features luminous storytelling from leading Aboriginal writers, such as Tony Birch, Melissa Lucashenko and Tara June Winch, as well as some of the brightest...

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 Read reviewHold Your Fire

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Chloe Wilson

Dark and dangerous, brilliantly unsettling and chillingly funny, this extraordinary debut shows us what we usually deny - the uneasy truce we make with our ruthless desires and gothic fears, and how easily it can be broken....

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 Read reviewSmokehouse

Smokehouse

Melissa Manning

A man watches a boy in a playground and pictures him in the grey wooden shed he's turned into a home. A woman's adopted mother dies, reawakening childhood memories and grief. A couple's decision to move to an isolated location may...

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Toddler Hunting and Other Stories

Toddler Hunting and Other Stories

Taeko Kono, Sayaka Murata

A captivating collection of pitch-black tales from one of the most important Japanese writers of the second half of the twentieth century - 'shocking, ominous, and subversive' The Paris Review

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A dazzling debut collection which, deftly and urgently, tells the stories of those living in the biggest and most complicated country on earth.

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Adam Thompson

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Hag

Hag

Daisy Johnson, Kirsty Logan, Emma Glass, Eimear McBride, Natasha Carthew

Dark folktales retold for modern times by some of the most exciting women writing today, from Daisy Johnson to Eimear McBride

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The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic

The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic

New York Times Magazine

A stunning collection of new short stories originally commissioned by The New York Times Magazine as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, from twenty-nine authors including Margaret Atwood, Tommy Orange, Colm Toibin, Kamilia...

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 Read reviewOrdinary Matter

Ordinary Matter

Laura Elvery

In 1895 Alfred Nobel rewrote his will and left his fortune made in dynamite and munitions to generations of thinkers. Since 1901 women have been honoured with Nobel Prizes for their scientific research twenty times, including...

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 Read reviewForeign Soil

Foreign Soil

Maxine Beneba Clarke

In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the...

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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Angela Carter, Helen Simpson

Features fairy tales and legends - Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves.

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First Person Singular

Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel

A brilliant new collection of short stories from the unique mind of the internationally bestselling author of Men Without Women and Killing Commendatore.

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Under a Dark Angel's Eye

Under a Dark Angel’s Eye

Patricia Highsmith, Carmen Maria Machado

Disturbing, exhilarating, potent, savagely funny.

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Homesick For Another World

Homesick For Another World

Ottessa Moshfegh

There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous while also being delightful - and often even weirdly hilarious.

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Smart Ovens for Lonely People

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Conspiracies, memes, and therapies of various efficacy underpin this beguiling short-story collection from Elizabeth Tan.

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Kink

Kink

R.O. Kwon, Garth Greenwell

Kink is a groundbreaking anthology of literary short fiction exploring love and desire, BDSM, and interests across the sexual spectrum, edited by lauded writers R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell, and featuring a roster of all-star...

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 Read reviewDreams They Forgot

Dreams They Forgot

Emma Ashmere

Undercut with longing and unbelonging, absurdity and tragedy, thwarted plans and fortuitous serendipity, each story offers glimpses into the dreams, limitations, gains and losses of fragmented families, loners and lovers,...

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 Read reviewThis Taste for Silence

This Taste for Silence

Amanda O'Callaghan

Subtle, compelling and unsettling, Amanda O'Callaghan's stories work at the edges of the sayable, through secrets, erasures and glimpsed moments of disclosure. They shimmer with unspoken histories and characters who have a...

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 Read reviewHer Body and Other Parties

Her Body and Other Parties

Carmen Maria Machado

'Impossible, imperfect, unforgettable.' - Roxane Gay - Demolishes the borders between magical realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. 

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That Old Country Music

That Old Country Music

Kevin Barry

A brilliant story collection - full of love, melancholy and magic - from the Goldsmiths Prize and IMPAC award-winning author of the Booker-longlisted Night Boat to Tangier.

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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Neil Gaiman

A collection of short stories from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.

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Apple and Knife

Intan Paramaditha, Stephen J Epstein

Inspired by horror fiction, myths and fairy tales, Apple and Knife is an unsettling ride that swerves into the supernatural to explore the dangers and power of occupying a female body in today's world.

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Broken Rules and Other Stories

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These awards-listed, interlinked stories vividly capture the small, rarely spoken moments of our lives that reverberate with meaning, with darkness and with light

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Only the Animals

Ceridwen Dovey

Perhaps only the animals can tell us what it is to be human. a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany a dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by...

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