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The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel

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Amy Hempel is a master of the short story. This celebrated volume gathers together her complete work -- four short collections of stunning stories about marriages, minor disasters, and moments of revelation. With her inimitable compassion and wit, Hempel introduces characters who make choices that seem inevitable, and whose longings and misgivings evoke eternal human experience. For readers who have known Hempel's work for decades and for those who are just discovering her, this in...

THE HUSBAND STITCH

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If you read this story out loud, please use the following voices: Me: as a child, high-pitched, forgettable; as a woman, the same. The boy who will grow into a man, and be my spouse: robust with his own good fortune. My father: Like your father, or the man you wish was your father. My son: as a small child, gentle, rounded with the faintest of lisps; as a man, like my husband. All other women: interchangeable with my own.)       *    ...

Birdsong

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he woman, a stranger, was looking at me. In the glare of the hot afternoon, in the swirl of motorcycles and hawkers, she was looking down at me from the back seat of her jeep. Her stare was too direct, not sufficiently vacant. She was not merely resting her eyes on the car next to hers, as people often do in Lagos traffic; she was looking at me. At first, I glanced away, but then I stared back, at the haughty silkiness of the weave that fell to her shoulders in loose curls, the ki...

The Semplica-Girl Diaries

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aving just turned forty, have resolved to embark on grand project of writing every day in this new black book just got at OfficeMax. Exciting to think how in one year, at rate of one page/day, will have written three hundred and sixty-five pages, and what a picture of life and times then available for kids & grandkids, even greatgrandkids, whoever, all are welcome (!) to see how life really was/is now. Because what do we know of other times really? How clothes smelled and carriages sounded? ...

SEPTEMBER 5th

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ops. Missed a day. Things hectic. Will summarize yesterday. Yesterday a bit rough. While picking kids up at school, bumper fell off Park Avenue. Note to future generations: Park Avenue = type of car. Ours not new. Ours oldish. Bit rusty. Kids got in, Eva (middle child) asked what was meaning of “junkorama.” At that moment, bumper fell off. Mr. Renn, history teacher, quite helpful, retrieved bumper (note: write letter of commendation to principal), saying he too once had car whose bum...

ALISSA NUTTING RECOMMENDS A STORY ABOUT THE AFTERMATH OF ABUSE

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tudying fiction, I’ve long realized that the better the writing, the more discipline its examination will require. At heart, writers are of course readers, and when I’m studying a text, here’s the scenario of how it all breaks down in my head: my reader-self is on a date with the story, and my writer-self is there, too, tagging along, a third-wheel chaperone, scrutinizing the story’s every move. My reader-self and the story both really want my writer-self to GTF out...

Lady Tigers

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sty sat behind the wheel of the bus and watched the sky turn sour. A year ago, when his father had coached the Lady Tigers, he’d been expected to serve as the team’s water boy in addition to his regular duties as their bus driver. But Coach Culpepper, bless him, had no such expectations. He told Rusty he could stay on board. After all, Rusty was a senior and probably had important tests to study for. He didn’t.     Last night, after her shift at the Pig...

Girl

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ash the white clothes on Monday and put them on the stone heap; wash the color clothes on Tuesday and put them on the clothesline to dry; don’t walk bare-head in the hot sun; cook pumpkin fritters in very hot sweet oil; soak your little cloths right after you take them off; when buying cotton to make yourself a nice blouse, be sure that it doesn’t have gum in it, because that way it won’t hold up well after a wash; soak salt fish overnight before you cook it; is it true th...

Read Ken Liu's amazing story that swept the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards

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In 2012, Liu's incredible tale became the first work of fiction to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. The story centers on the son of a white father and Chinese mother, the latter of whom knows no English and, despite being a source of comfort and (literal) magic, becomes an increasing irritation to a boy desperate to fit in. If this story doesn't break your heart in a million pieces, then it might be time to get the old ticker checked out. ...

"Island" by Alexia Arthurs

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A woman wrestling with her sexuality returns to her Jamaican homeland to attend her friend's straight wedding. Arthurs writes beautifully about how belonging to two different places often means belonging nowhere. Her collection How To Love a Jamaican was one ...

The Frog King" by Garth Greenwell

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Every line in a Garth Greenwell story brims with devastating beauty, his sumptuous sentences filled with an almost operatic longing. In "The Frog King," the nameless narrator, an American teaching in Bulgaria, vacations to Italy with his Portuguese boyfriend. "I wanted to challenge myself to write happiness," Greenwell told the New Yorker. The story, like the holiday the characters take in it, offers a needed respite. ...

Birdsong" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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A story of infidelity in the New Yorker might be as commonplace as an MTA delay, but here, the fearless author of Americanah renders an illicit relationship between a Nigerian woman and her married lover (and the remorse the former may or may not feel years later) with heart-shattering nuance. ...

A Good Man Is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor

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Classics are classics for a reason. In this iconic southern crime chiller, a grandmother unwittingly shepherds her family towards doom, crossing paths with an escaped serial killer.  ...

Cosmopolitan" by Akhil Sharma

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An Indian man whose wife and daughter have left him falls for his neighbor, a white woman who confounds him so much he studies issues of Cosmopolitan in search of tips and tricks for how to woo her. Sharma pulls no punches and wastes no words; his exacting prose is the perfect tragicomic vessel to probe the sociocultural and sexual mores of contemporary Indian life. ...

What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" by Lesley Nneka Arimah

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Call it magical realism, call it realistic fantasy—call it whatever you want, but Arimah's playfully subversive style is wholly her own. Read this fable of mathematicians who make their living "calculating and subtracting emotions, drawing them from living bodies like poison from a wound," and then immediately go listen to Levar Burton perform it on his podcast, Levar Burton Reads.   READ NOW ...

The Knowers" by Helen Phillips

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What if you could learn the date of your death way before it happens? Would you? And what would you do with that information and your remaining days among the living? That's the hook of "The Knowers," a story so wondrous and affecting that you should read it even if you only have a few minutes left to live. ...

Cosmopolitan" by Akhil Sharma

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An Indian man whose wife and daughter have left him falls for his neighbor, a white woman who confounds him so much he studies issues of Cosmopolitan in search of tips and tricks for how to woo her. Sharma pulls no punches and wastes no words; his exacting prose is the perfect tragicomic vessel to probe the sociocultural and sexual mores of contemporary Indian life. ...

What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" by Lesley Nneka Arimah

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Call it magical realism, call it realistic fantasy—call it whatever you want, but Arimah's playfully subversive style is wholly her own. Read this fable of mathematicians who make their living "calculating and subtracting emotions, drawing them from living bodies like poison from a wound," and then immediately go listen to Levar Burton perform it on his podcast, Levar Burton Reads.   READ NOW ...

The Knowers" by Helen Phillips

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What if you could learn the date of your death way before it happens? Would you? And what would you do with that information and your remaining days among the living? That's the hook of "The Knowers," a story so wondrous and affecting that you should read it even if you only have a few minutes left to live. ...

The Husband Stitch" by Carmen Maria Machado

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A la Angela Carter, Machado rips up the fabric of fairy tales to expose the horror within. In this terrifying tale from the Leonard Prize-winning collection Her Body and Other Parties, a newly-married wife holds on to the only secret she feels she has left—a mystery her increasingly insidious husband is desperate to unravel. ...

In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried" by Amy Hempel

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Read this story—about a woman whose friend lays dying in a hospital—and weep, both because it's utterly devastating (yet somehow laugh-out-loud funny?) and also because it was the first story Hempel, the Matron Saint of the short form, ever wrote. ...

In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried" by Amy Hempel

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Read this story—about a woman whose friend lays dying in a hospital—and weep, both because it's utterly devastating (yet somehow laugh-out-loud funny?) and also because it was the first story Hempel, the Matron Saint of the short form, ever wrote. ...

The Husband Stitch" by Carmen Maria Machado

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A la Angela Carter, Machado rips up the fabric of fairy tales to expose the horror within. In this terrifying tale from the Leonard Prize-winning collection Her Body and Other Parties, a newly-married wife holds on to the only secret she feels she has left—a mystery her increasingly insidious husband is desperate to unravel. ...

The Devil in America

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Scant years after the Civil War, a mysterious family confronts the legacy that has pursued them across centuries, out of slavery, and finally to the idyllic peace of the town of Rosetree. The shattering consequences of this confrontation echo backwards and forwards in time, even to the present day. Like some other stories published on Tor.com, “The Devil in America” contains scenes and situations some readers will find upsetting and/or repellent. [—The Editors] This nove...

Famous Nature Poem

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"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is a lyric poem that expresses deep feelings about the beauty of nature. William Wordsworth was a well-known poet of the Romantic era, which began at the beginning of the 1800s. The focus during the Romantic era was on people's feelings and their connectedness to nature. That was a drastic shift from the emphasis on science and reason of the Enlightenment era, which came before. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is one of Wordsworth's mo...
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