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Fiction

Da Capo al Coda by Emily Livingstone

I’m only humming, not singing with my whole throat and mouth, not letting the vibrations emanate even from my sharp, pearly teeth — yet still, the boat comes nearer, and the people on board don’t seem to know why. I stop then, and watch, as they shake their heads to dispel my influence, and the boat gradually resumes its original course.

Book Reviews

The Wolf Tone by Christy Stillwell

Through a smartly constructed plot, Stillwell suggests that conflicting impulses—to stay or to go, to come close or create distance—may be present in the same person.

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Fiction

Sixteen Bios My Best Guy Friend (BGF) Rudely Rejected When I Was Just Trying To Help Him Develop His #Branding For His First Published Story by Maya Jewell Zeller

Book Reviews

The Bird Catcher and Other Stories by Fayeza Hasanat

Anyone meticulously following the strings will be rewarded by the rich tapestry of character development Hasanat’s writing brings to each story.

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Fiction

You Owe Me by Robert James Russell

We heard a story at the start of seventh grade, one we’d heard a hundred times before, that took place in the early 1980s, the year Krull came out, a movie we’d only seen on basic cable, the good parts spliced out.

Book Reviews

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

The reader, like the dreamers who have awakened, is left wondering which life is a dream and which universe is real.

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Fiction

Insecurity Questions by Gage Saylor

I would’ve taken a hamster, ferret, or cat, but there was only Grover. He was all I needed.

Book Reviews

Falling and Other Stories by Ben Stoltzfus

Stoltzfus writes with evident knowledge—of flora, fauna, sport, literature, and, most importantly, human relationships—and a painterly attention to detail that fuse these tales into an assemblage that is bound to delight, engage, and even instruct the reader.

Book Reviews

Honey in the Carcase by Josip Novakovich

This sort of bewildering aptness continues throughout the stories. Novakovich has an incredible gift for ending a story, alternately wrapping together loose threads, as in “Tumbleweed,” or propelling the reader out to wonder in silence for a moment, before being transported to an utterly different and new place, as he begins the next story.

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Fiction

Heartspace by Melissa Goodrich

The therapist carries her heart in a small paper sack. Like a lunch sack, crumpled and brown. Her heart is pulsing inside it.

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Fiction

In Twenty Years by Anna Vangala Jones

Being a nanny was not going to be Manju Gupta’s full-time job forever. Her husband, Krishna, had only just graduated from law school and taken the bar exam.