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Shoko's Smile: Stories Cover Image
By Choi Eunyoung, Sung Ryu (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143135265
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

I read an Electric Literature interview with the author and immediately had to pick up this book of short stories. Fair warning: do not read the back cover if you dislike spoilers. I think its the best to approach these tales of loneliness and connection without knowing too much beforehand. Choi writes so softly that you may miss her quiet inclusion of vital (and often grave) context. I found myself returning to concise sentences that retexturize entire stories wondering how I almost read over them. I didn't know this was the book I needed to read until I read it. 


Review by Niki

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Verge Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525534884
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

I fell in love with this book upon reading its opening paragraph. Yuknavitch explores emotional realities via her deft use of surrealism, splaying chracters with unobtrusive metaphors that landed in the base of my stomach. A book that you will want to read cherishingly. 


Review by Dean

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The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593133408
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Published: One World - August 17th, 2021

These stories are a beautiful and haunting peak into life in New Orleans. These are mostly character driven stories with some exceptional flash fiction pieces. So many of these characters have stuck with me. A must read if you love short stories. 


Review by Rosa

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Filthy Animals Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525538912
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 22nd, 2021

Brandon Taylor is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. I will read anything he puts out. This collection on interconnecting stories will stay with you for a long time. A true gem in the literary world. 


Review by Rosa

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Transmutation: Stories Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781644210666
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Published: Seven Stories Press - June 22nd, 2021

A story eerily reminiscent of Rosemary Kennedy's unfortunate life, but with a literal twist of an ending, is the standout in this collection. Or maybe it's the very first story about a teenage trans girl wanting to become the folkloric sea witch of her island community. *Or* it could be the one about the hinkypunk and a grandmother with a dark secret and unwillingness to change... Pick this book up for gothic weirdness and your own new favorite short story. 

 


Review by Sarah C.

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The Tangleroot Palace: Stories Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616963521
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Published: Tachyon Publications - June 15th, 2021

A collection of short stories from the Eisner award-winning creator of Monstress that will satisfy any fantasy reader. One story is eerie and twisted; another is apocalyptic and horrific; yet another is a fairytale retold, queer and tender; and in the eponymous tale is a princess who flees home to save herself. Liu is obsessed with dense magical forests and the precarity of life: how do we live and how do we love when survival is an ever-present demand? 

 


Review by Danielle

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Terminal Boredom: Stories Cover Image
By Izumi Suzuki, Polly Barton (Translated by), Sam Bett (Translated by), David Boyd (Translated by), Daniel Joseph (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788739887
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Published: Verso Fiction - April 20th, 2021

Recently translated into English for the first time, Izumi Suzuki's strange and disconnected prose creates a meandering trail of science fiction vignettes with apathetic and drug-addled characters, bored to death with life, or as one teenager addicted to television puts it, "tangled up in fatalistic resignations." The perfect beach read for anyone who really hates the beach and loves Black Mirror.


Review by Sarah C.

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Milk Blood Heat Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802158154
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Published: Grove Press - February 2nd, 2021

This debut collection of short stories is searing, gut-wrenching, and alive. Raw emotion bursts from each story, drawing readers into the ordinary yet slightly enchanted lives of young Floridian women making their ways in the world.


Review by Kelly

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984856029
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2021

Tolstoy + Chekhov + Gogol + Turgenev + Saunders = a crash course in good writing! My favorite chapter was on "The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol for the pure absurdity of the story and the great clarity Saunders brought to understanding it.


Review by Emily

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Sarahland Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781538735060
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 9th, 2021

Sarahland is an acid road trip with writhing bodies stuck together by lip gloss and bodily fluids I can't mention here. The little connections and pop culture references - BUFFY! - made me beam in delight, and one story in particular made me dream of becoming a Sarah who turns into a tree. The fluidity of gender and sexuality, as well as all the different shapes and sizes a body can be, are all celebrated in this collection of messy queer Sarahs. 


Review by Sarah C.

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