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Mundanity and Insanity: on Joy Williams’s The Changeling by Lincoln Michel
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Rediscovering a beguiling masterpiece forty years after its publication.

The Good Farmer and the Bad Farmer, A Story of Woodchuck by Ted Pelton

Woodchuck was wandering on a path through woods one day when his leg caught in some vines.

The Giant Baby by Laurie Foos

This First Proof contains the short story, “The Giant Baby,” by Laurie Foos.

Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild by Leon Falk
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Many months ago, when I first heard of Beasts of the Southern Wild and knew absolutely nothing about it, I wondered what type of an animal it could possibly be; the title so completely engaged my imagination.

Roberto Ransom’s A Tale of Two Lions by Carmen Boullosa
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In Latin American literature there is a splendid tiger, the most precious wild cat in all our literature. 

Cristina García by Chris Abani
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“I’m constantly sending tap roots into all sorts of unsavory places. That’s an essential part of the mystery and discovery for me. I expect to be disturbed. I hope to be discomfited.”

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady by Lawrence Chua
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Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s training as an architect may not be immediately perceived in his trippy and moving Tropical Malady.

Steve Erickson’s Our Ecstatic Days by Robert Polito
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From “Song of Myself” and Moby Dick to Gravity’s Rainbow and “The Changing Light at Sandover,” scale haunts American literature—the universe (of course), but also the grain of sand. 

Lydia Cabrera’s Afro-Cuban Tales by Jaime Manrique

The stories the Cuban writer and ethnographer Lydia Cabrera collected in the legendary Afro-Cuban Tales take place “back in the days when animals could speak, when they were all good friends and when men and animals got along fine.”

The Guest by Patricia Laurent

The doorbell interrupted suddenly as Fiona fastened the last garter snap for her black stockings. She jumped to the floor, landing on her high heels, and hurried a few steps toward the door.

Three Poems by Derek Webster

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The Dead Man’s Dream by Mia Couto

This First Proof contains “The Dead Man’s Dream,” an excerpt from Under the Frangipani.

Gregory Crane: The Four Seasons by April Gornik
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Jayne Anne Phillips by A.M. Homes
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A.M. Homes explores the many elements of Jayne Anne Phillips’s novel, Shelter in this 1994 interview. Her novel, Lark and Termite, has been nominated for the 2009 National Book Award for fiction.

In the hand of the wind by David Rattray

Toward the end of the fifth day I paused for breath at the head of a slope of shingle slate. 

The Shape of Wilderness by Shelley Berc

“And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good to eat.

Sister by Jim Lewis

A life of rational planning, a happy life that owes nothing to luck, is necessarily independent of others; so it’s a life without love, without deep company. 

The White Lion by Janet Hamill

The war had just ended when Fabiano Fabrizi contracted scarlet fever. 

Salman Rushdie  by Ameena Meer
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Despite death threats and religious edict, subversive novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie has won numerous awards and remains a prominent voice in global politics.

Autumn Melancholy by Janet Hamill
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Catherine de Montchensi was a young Occitanian wife in the age of l’amour courtois and the jeweled sunburst on the Virgin’s breast. 

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