Grief and Illusion in “We Imagined It Was Rain”

An interview with Andrew Siegrist on his new short story collection, “We Imagined It Was Rain.”

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“Those Fantastic Lives” Explores the Relationship Between the Worlds of Adults and Children

An interview with Bradley Sides on his new short story collection, “Those Fantastic Lives.”

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Ambiguous Meaning of Survival in “Afterparties”

The question of identity is central to each of the nine hard-hitting yet remarkably touching stories in Anthony Veasna So’s debut collection, “Afterparties.”

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People are Beastly in “Filthy Animals”

Brandon Taylor’s short story collection, “Filthy Animals,” is set in the Midwest and the South with characters that are extra-aware of their hungers.

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Missed Chances and What-Ifs in “Sorry for Your Trouble”

Richard Ford’s sixth book of short fiction, “Sorry for Your Trouble,” dazzles in his portrayal of later middle-age.

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Stubborn Rigidity and Self-Reformation in “A Wall of Bright Dead Feathers”

Babette Fraser Hale’s short story collection, “A Wall of Bright Dead Feathers,” is set in the countryside of central Texas.

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“The Big Baby Crime Spree”: Quirky and Darkly Funny

Darrin Doyle’s new story collection, “The Big Baby Crime Spree,” is filled with quirky, dislikeable, but not necessarily unlikeable, characters.

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A Tale of Two Realities in “Working It Off in Labor County”

Larry D. Thacker’s short story collection “Working It Off in Labor County” is tender in its depiction of rural American ennui and mordant in its portrayal of colorful go-getters in a patch of coal country.

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