by The Editors
We’re off until Labor Day. Have a fiction-filled summer!
“The collection takes on more and more weight as subsequent stories shift into different gears”: Ayşe Papatya Bucak reviews Lauren Groff’s new collection, Florida, out June 5 from Riverhead.
“And a bobcat may somehow be involved. How can we not read on?”: Christina Ward-Niven takes a close look at the control of tension in Rebecca Lee’s “Bobcat.”
“I love this story because it’s haunting, and hauntingly well-wrought”: Ellen Prentiss Campbell celebrates Josephine Jacobsen and her story “The Edge of the Sea.”
“Chu’s greatest accomplishment through his stories of clean, well-lighted spaces is his gift for telegraphing a message of understanding, of giving the benefit of the doubt, and above all, of respecting those around us”: Michael A. Ferro reviews Vincent Chu’s debut collection, Like a Champion, out now from 7.13 Books.
“A close examination of economy and endings in this collection reveals several craft choices made by the author that consistently bolster efficiency and surprise.”
“A writer can create a more just world in books by shining a light on that injustice”: Yang Huang chats with Kaitlin Solimine about family, Chinese history, and her new collection, My Old Faithful, winner of the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prize for Fiction.
“Each one of these stories—each of these characters—leans heavily on another”: Christi Craig reviews Yang Huang’s new collection of linked stories, My Old Faithful, winner of the University of Massachusetts’s Juniper Prize for Fiction.
“But there is a catch, a move du Maurier makes that transforms the story from a claustrophobic exploration of gender confinement and powerlessness to something stranger and more sinister”: In this Stories We Love essay, Michael Shou-Yung Shum takes on Daphne du Maurier’s “Blue Lenses.”
“Like the multitudinous star fields that encompass the known universe, Heathcock’s universe is made not only of dark material, but light”: Shann Ray on the human form under pressure in Alan Heathcock’s “The Staying Freight.”