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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.”

Mumbai by Kristen Gleason
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When he could no longer stand her chatter—in France I made myself a dress of leaves stitched together with stems and I wore it by that river, the big one, the sludge, and that’s how I met many interesting boyfriends from the National Geographic Magazine—he left Nancy on the hotel roof with the chef from Mumbai.

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.”

Writing Anti-Stories: an Interview with Roberta Allen by John Zinsser
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“When we really like a book, it’s often because its rhythm is similar to our own—to our heartbeat, our breathing, the way we walk. I think that’s what draws us to certain writers and not to others even though we know they are great.”

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. 

The Form Vampire: An Interview with Carmen Maria Machado by Liza St. James
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“Our bodies are graveyards of cells, the source of art, inherently finite, constantly decaying.”

from Adjunct Island by Joanna Howard
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The canoe is covered in canvas, and something is trapped in the weave, deep under the shellac. A knot perhaps, or stitch.

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. 

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

 Daniel Poppick and Jenny Zhang
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“What do you do when you’re born—without your consent—and you find out later that your life was at the cost of someone else’s? That’s how high the stakes can be.”

The Queens Bohemian: Johannes Urzidil’s The Last Bell by Elina Alter
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Fiction in search of a vanished homeland

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)

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.

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

After the Attack by Sara Nović
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Well, nothing at first, not right after. In those initial moments panic is still optional.

Delivery by Eve Gleichman
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The new girl, Rachel Shapiro, kept getting flowers. They started coming her second week.

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