With its maze-like layers, James chose an ambitious project for a debut novel.
The endless room for creativity in fiction makes it difficult to bind it to a definitive set of rules.
These images kept breaking in, things about Aubrey he fought so hard not to remember.
I’ve accumulated a modest list of my favorite works in recent years—from stand-alones to series, contemporary to science fiction. I hope you find a new favorite among them.
An intricate life, laden with all of its relational off-ramps and delicate emotional networks, has been organized into this memoir but remains fundamentally intact — raw — in a way that only an archivist could manage.
Anthony Doerr weaves together a story across time and space, all the while asking the question, “What happens when stories get lost in translation?”
Reading a story through memories feels like an old movie, a movie that predates the Second World War.
If there is one thing that Old School excels in, it is the raw depiction of the protagonist’s contrived self-presentation.
When we “keep faith” in the face of catastrophe, we discover new strength within ourselves to keep going.
Unlikeable main characters abound in modern fiction, and this novel does not break that mold.
What if Circe could tell her own version of the story? Madeline Miller explores this possibility within her novel Circe: a story that transcends just a simple rewriting of The Odyssey.
Instead of fighting violence with violence, picking up a weapon, and spilling blood, Cassie’s revenge is more psychological and, debatably, more detrimental.
This is in no way a comprehensive list—however, I specifically chose works that not only avoid traditional YA standards, but gripped me enough to compel a second read.
If you’re looking to find some new shops to explore, or just simply hear about one person’s experiences with bookstores, keep on reading!
If I’m no longer assessing the media by its emotional resonance, where does that leave me?
If turning books into movies makes these stories more accessible, leading more people to love the tales being told, what’s the harm?
Bilingual literature that embodies a lack of understanding offers a clear benefit to immigrant writers. They are able to express the feelings of alienation and incomprehension that come with relocating to a new country to people who have never had the experience, while simultaneously writing for their community.
It’s fall, which means it’s time to curl up by the fire with some spooky music and read a scary book!
Gradually, he grew accustomed to his alternate form, to the point that he could forget about it for hours at a time.
The morning wind swirled down cool and soft from the mountains, shaking the tops of the short pines on the foothills, stirring the dust at Ignacio’s feet and raising his hopes. He leaned back against the car, black and sleek, borrowed from his brother, and fingered the coins in his pocket.
Harvest day is the most important day of the week.
I am sitting in my mother’s red Bonneville station wagon. Mamá’s hair is still black and long and flows over the back of the seat.
“Something moved across the street. Between the rows of the first and second floor windows something dark and sinewy slipped from one hidden place to another.”
“Sometimes, when your windows are open, I hear you singing.”
On the drive to the crematorium, I think I make peace with your death.
It is Earth’s final snowfall / and everyone is here.
Something about flash fiction and short fiction is just so ripe with experimentation and with breaking boundaries and for kind of completely turning on its head what a story can look like.
A Flash of Lightning and Heartbreak: Interview with Ashley Hutson, Sudden Fiction Guest Judge & Author of One’s Company
I feel like when you write flash, you’re giving something to the reader, like an electric shock.
A Case for “the surreal and the strange”: Interview with Anna Vangala Jones, Sudden Fiction Guest Judge and Author of Turmeric & Sugar
When I picture a flash fiction story done well, a story that’s getting so much across in this tiny space, I imagine a little snow globe or something that’s bursting with how much is going on inside it.
A Box of Ingredients: Interview with Beth Piatote, Sudden Fiction Guest Judge and Author of The Beadworkers: Stories
I think about other Native people who may read that piece and can, through the piece, feel a connection to those lands…feel that they are there.
“Short, colorful, Twilight Zone-y Tales”: An interview with Ben Loory, Sudden Fiction guest judge and author of Tales of Falling and Flying
I decided early on that I was going to write my stories…in my own voice, my own words, with my own sense of humor and my own actual grammar and peculiarities of speech… everything exactly the way I would tell it.
Written Representation Through Shared Family Stories: Interview with E.P. Tuazon author of “Professional Lola”
It’s really important to have this kind of representation for our culture, because there’s not a lot of it out there.
The power of interviews is structural: an interview inherently forces you to listen and ask first, before saying anything else.
By reading On Animals, I remembered my animals.
There’s a common misconception that escapist fiction is far removed from reality, but I would argue that it is simply a different kind of truth about another aspect of reality.
Growing up as a disabled child, I learned to live in a world that was my own.
Berlin’s writing captured a sort of reckless joy I recalled from my time in Paris: living on that rugged edge between foolish risk-taking and worthwhile adventure.
Across this textured face, I count all the bleeding and irritated spots, hooking onto them with my eyes and making sure that each and every unwanted citizen of a pimple on the once-clear expanse of my face is ingrained in my mind.
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