“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.
“I am much more interested in the people who are not forever trying to be known”: N. West Moss with David Ebenbach, discussing their new books The Subway Stops at Bryant Park and The Guy We Didn’t Invite to the Orgy and other stories.
“I definitely find myself drawn to stories. Short stories have such an impact and I love that this can result from one deftly delivered blow or from creating a cacophony”: Celeste Ng chats with Hasanthika Sirisena about her debut collection, The Other One.
The stories in David Vann’s second book, Legend of a Suicide, circle compulsively around a central fascination—a father’s suicide. Partway through “Sukkwan Island,” the central novella in the collection, I decided I had to put the book down—just for a day, until I felt ready to read on. I mean this as praise. Legend of a Suicide is a very difficult book for the very best reasons: it is written with great honesty and journeys unflinchingly into darkness. It is a reckoning.
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