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Best Short Fiction of 2021

  • FICTION

    LAND OF BIG NUMBERS

    FEB. 2, 2021

FICTION

LAND OF BIG NUMBERS

by Te-Ping Chen

Chen’s stories are both subtle and rich, moving and wry, and in their poignancy, they seem boundless. Full review >

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    ECHO TREE

    MAY 4, 2021

FICTION

ECHO TREE

by Henry Dumas ; edited by Eugene B. Redmond

Every couple of decades or so, we need to be reminded of what made writers like Toni Morrison call Henry Dumas a genius. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
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    MY MONTICELLO

    OCT. 5, 2021

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    THE SOUVENIR MUSEUM

    APRIL 13, 2021

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THE SOUVENIR MUSEUM

by Elizabeth McCracken

An astonishingly powerful collection worth multiple readings. Full review >

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    MILK BLOOD HEAT

    FEB. 2, 2021

FICTION

MILK BLOOD HEAT

by Dantiel W. Moniz

Dark and lushly layered, these stories will bewitch you. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WALKING ON COWRIE SHELLS

    JUNE 1, 2021

FICTION

WALKING ON COWRIE SHELLS

by Nana Nkweti

Boisterous and high-spirited debut stories by a talented new writer. Full review >

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    AMERICAN ESTRANGEMENT

    AUG. 10, 2021

  • FICTION

    FILTHY ANIMALS

    JUNE 22, 2021

FICTION

FILTHY ANIMALS

by Brandon Taylor

Taylor tackles a variety of taboos and articulates the comfortless sides of the soul, and it's thrilling to watch. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    AFTERPARTIES

    AUG. 3, 2021

FICTION

AFTERPARTIES

by Anthony Veasna So

Even when these stories are funny and hopeful, an inescapable history is always waiting. Full review >

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