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Mcsweeney'S Quarterly Issue 62: Queer Fiction Issue

Mcsweeney’S Quarterly Issue 62: Queer Fiction Issue

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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 Read reviewHold Your Fire

Hold Your Fire

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 reviewThe Office of Historical Corrections

The Office of Historical Corrections

Danielle Evans

A collection of stories bringing insight to the subjects of race, grief, apology, and American history

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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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Land of Big Numbers

Land of Big Numbers

Te-Ping Chen

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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Born Into This

Adam Thompson

Engaging, thought-provoking stories from a young Tasmanian Aboriginal author who addresses universal themes - identity, racism, heritage destruction - from a wholly original perspective.  

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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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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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 Special price Read reviewFirst Person Singular

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

Smart Ovens for Lonely People

Elizabeth Tan

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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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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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 new 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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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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