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Valleyesque: Stories By Fernando A. Flores Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374604134
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: MCD x FSG Originals - May 3rd, 2022

These are amazingly bizarre, dream-like and surreal stories that surprise the reader not in their bizarre nature, but by slowly revealing themselves to be deeply grounded and beautifully heart-felt. Like the most potent of dreams, they are nonsensically unexplainable yet impossible to forget.


Review by Robert

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Heartbroke By Chelsea Bieker Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781646221769
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Published: Catapult - April 4th, 2023

Chelsea Bieker can tell you exactly who a character is without ever putting it on the page. She expertly allows the reader to learn through first person perspective. The way her characters move through the world will show you who they are without needless exposition. The theme of this collection is "seeking or sabotaging love" but this author will undoubtedly steal your heart with her profound understanding of human behavior. 



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Haunted: A Novel By Chuck Palahniuk Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781400032822
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Vintage - April 11th, 2006

Palahniuk loves to tell the story of listeners fainting during live readings from this collection. While the imagery throughout the stories is intense, what's more impressive is the flawless structure delivered over and over again. While this book may look like it belongs in the horror section, it is actually a prime example of transgressive fiction at its best. It is crafted with expert pacing and subject matter that will leave you truly, Haunted.

 



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Friday Black By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781328911247
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

I was riding a subway when I started this collection. The first story was so incredible I completely missed my stop and didn't even care. Brillant speculative fiction truly doesn't get any better than this. With themes such as systemic racism, it will hurt to process the words of this mirror turned on society, but you will never stop thinking about the important messages between these pages.



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The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories By Anthony Marra Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780770436452
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Published: Hogarth - July 19th, 2016

Upon finishing this book I wept inconsolably. Marra has woven together this collection of short stories into a tender and heart-wrenching story that has an irrevocably haunting (in the best way) impact on me. 



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Shoko's Smile: Stories By Choi Eunyoung, Sung Ryu (Translated by) Cover Image
By Choi Eunyoung, Sung Ryu (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143135265
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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. 



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Verge By Lidia Yuknavitch 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. 



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The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You: Stories By Maurice Carlos Ruffin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593133415
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Published: One World - June 21st, 2022

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 By Brandon Taylor Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525538929
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Riverhead Books - June 21st, 2022

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 By Alex DiFrancesco 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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