1. Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat

A dazzling collection of short stories about community, family, and love, from the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of Brother, I’m Dying.

2. Verge By Lidia Yuknavitch

A fiercely empathetic group portrait of the marginalized and outcast in moments of crisis, from one of the most galvanizing voices in American fiction.

3. Bring Me The Head of Quentin Tarantino: Stories by Julian Herbert

In this madcap, insatiably inventive, bravura story collection, Julián Herbert brings to vivid life people who struggle to retain a measure of sanity in an insane world. The antic and often dire stories in Bring Me the Head of Quentin Tarantino depict the violence and corruption that plague Mexico today, but they are also deeply ruminative and layered explorations of the narrative impulse and the ethics of art making. Herbert asks: Where are the lines between fiction, memory, and reality? What is the relationship between power, corruption, and survival? How much violence can a person (and a country) take? The stories in this explosive collection showcase the fevered imagination of a significant contemporary writer.

4. Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

A haunting debut story collection on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands, centered on Latinas of indigenous descent that shines a new light on the American West.

5. Animal Wife by Lara Ehrlich

A short story collection about women’s transformations from girls into wives, mothers, and monsters.

6. Universal Love: Stories by Alexander Weinstein

A hypnotic collection of speculative fiction about compassion, love, and human resilience in the technological hyper-age, from Alexander Weinstein, author of Children of the New World.

7. Home Remedies: Stories by Xuan Juliana Wang

In twelve stunning stories of love, family, and identity, Xuan Juliana Wang’s debut collection captures the unheard voices of an emerging generation. Young, reckless, and catapulted toward uncertain futures, here is the new face of Chinese youth on a quest for every kind of freedom. Crossing the boundaries of space and time, and fusing cultural heritage with the chaos of the modern world, Home Remedies announces the arrival of beguiling new voice in American fiction.

8. Exhalation by Ted Chiang

In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.

9. The Awkward Black Man by Walter Mosley

The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley’s most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent.Mosley presents distinct characters as they struggle to move through the world in each of these stories—heroes who are awkward, nerdy, self-defeating, self-involved, and, on the whole, odd. Touching and contemplative, each of these unexpected stories offers the best of one of our most gifted writers.

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