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Gloss by Leah Dworkin
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I say something about the time and he replies, “I cannot sleep in this lifeless room, I can’t, I can’t. I won’t. You can’t make me.”

Ghosts of History: An Interview with Jesmyn Ward by Louis Elliott
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Congratulations to Ward on winning the 2017 National Book Award for Sing, Unburied, Sing.

Baby, They Call It Vermilion by Annie Dewitt
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The first thing my Godsent said when I came through the door was, “I think I have this damn thing on backwards.”

Supermán by Achy Obejas
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They say that, for the longest time, Enrique didn’t know he was a superman. What he understood was that men liked his dick.

The Mattress by Viken Berberian
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I was left abandoned, a rectangle in the middle of a square. Dasvidanya, they said, and kicked me on my side. It hurt so much that I wanted to cry, though I’ve also shed a few tears of joy during my many travels. 

Lucy Ives by Tan Lin
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Ives discusses chasing false lures, testing the limits of relationships, and what’s been cut from her novel Impossible Views of the World.

The House That Donovan Built by Sarah Wang
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I caught Elma licking her front teeth in the rearview mirror. The gap between them seemed to be getting wider, like Jane Birkin, whose teeth spread considerably apart as she grew older, an oral Pangea situation. 

Staring Back, Staring Out: An Interview with Jillian Weise by Jessie Male
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“I originally published this in 2007 thinking, Oh this is a fine book, but I will be joined by a whole lot of amputee writers, and they are going to be here any minute. I’m still waiting.”

Dance of the Self: On John Haskell’s The Complete Ballet by Will Harrison
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Noir, Balanchine, and an escape from the conventional novel.

Stormy Weather: on Andrew Durbin’s MacArthur Park by Evan Moffitt
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A globe-hopping novel ruminates on drift and disaster.

Unconditionally Loved by Christoper Paul Wolfe
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“I need to talk to you,” she says.

The Blue Note: on Noémi Lefebvre’s Blue Self-Portrait by Amanda DeMarco
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Female intelligence and female obsession, in the air

I Took to the Streets by Shelly Oria
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I tried Al on like a suit and he didn’t fit. In the crotch area, excess fabric hung loose, like disappointment.

Fall Books Preview
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New titles and reissues highlighted by Justin Taylor, Chelsea Hodson, Paul La Farge, Emmalea Russo, Alexandra Kleeman, Ted Dodson, Dan Sheehan, Kristen Radtke, Daniel Saldaña París, Marjorie Welish, Tobias Carroll, Jonathan Lee, Scott Esposito, and Lauren LeBlanc

An Entire Family Disappears by Gunnhild Øyehaug
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THE GRANDUNCLE (stands up in the middle of the wake. Taps his glass with a spoon)

Zinzi Clemmons’s What We Lose by Yasmin Roshanian
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Mourning seeps in like water, but Clemmons skillfully draws on the humor that stems from the duality of conflicting cultures. Her prose is funny, fragile, and unflinchingly candid.

The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington by Sarah Resnick
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Carrington’s matter-of-fact presentation of the bizarre and the gruesome lends a distinctive black humor to her short stories, here collected in their entirety for the first time, including three that have never before been published.

Seventy-Four Choices by T.L. Baker
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Everybody assumes I’m one or the other, at first. Sometimes it becomes a game, a mental tally of points in each column, trying to prove the original guess.

Refracted Realism by Kent Szlauderbach
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The myth of documentary in Gerald Murnane’s The Plains

Plucky Digressions by Jamie Fisher
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Fabulous talkers in Penelope Lively’s The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

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