In ActivAmerica, which is the 2017 winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in short fiction, Cass uses sports and athleticism to draw out her characters’ true mettle.
Later, when Mellie had claimed a spot in the nook under Brooke’s arm, the reason: “My ex is a turtle.” What’s more, Brooke’s ex still lived with her.
In her debut novel, Marlena, Julie Buntin dismisses any notion of suspense almost immediately.
Before our men all left in ’42, there he’d been. Our windows pointed at their driveway.
A frequent motif in noir stories is escape. Oftentimes, such tales center on damaged individuals struggling to outrun a dark past or evade a future of doom—and the three characters at the heart of The Hummingbirds, Ross McMeekin’s debut novel, fit that bill.
Aunt Pam sent lavender hand cream as a gift. Its glass bottle was thick and would have been expensive to ship, so she emptied the lotion directly into a padded mailing envelope.
Marie NDiaye’s My Heart Hemmed In is a brilliant account of the fluidity of perception, the deterioration of social bonds, and the (non-spiritual) grace of humility.
I lived without a mother for most of my life. She was in Montreal, hiding from us, hysterical, as they once said.
In the short span of a novella, A Place of Timeless Harmony peels back the layered vulnerabilities and illusions of a couple on an illicit getaway to the hostile Serengeti wilderness. An intimate and marvelously-detailed work by Curt Erikson, A Place of Timeless Harmony won the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize in 2016 and was published this fall.
She told people she moved back to Nigeria because of “xenophobia,” but it wasn’t all that really. There had been a sort of fragmentation in her soul ever since she had attended her friend’s uncle’s wedding.
Marian Crotty talks to Amina Gautier about the development of her collection What Counts As Love, and the significance of class and place in her writing.