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4“Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned”

Wells Tower delves into the lives of fathers, sons, brothers, and ex-husbands struggling to love and survive in the depths of Wild America.

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6“In Other Rooms, Other Wonders”

Short story collection “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders” puts the triumphs and tragedies of Pakistani life on center stage

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8“Love and Obstacles”

In his collection of short stories “Love and Obstacles,” Aleksander Hemon renders lost youth and an extinct Sarajevo without oppressive nostalgia.

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14“Where the Love God Hangs Out”

“Where the God of Love Hangs Out” dishes out love and repercussions in Amy Bloom’s candid collection of short stories.

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24“Wild Child”

T.C. Boyle takes us on a crazy ride of literature in “Wild Child,” spitting out a collection of stories and characters that are thoroughly unique.

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29“Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It”

“Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It” approaches the difficulties of human relations in the controlled voice of Maile Meloy.

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36“William Trevor: Selected Stories”

William Trevor’s stories have been admired for years, and now they’re collected in one volume, Selected Stories (Penguin Group, 2010).

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44“Dangerous Laughter”

“Dangerous Laughter” (Knopf, 2008) is a stunningly original work of fiction touching on the nature of reality—and the illusion of storytelling.

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48“How It Ended”

“How It Ended” brings together three decades of short stories, representing the breadth of Jay McInerney’s career.

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50“My Father’s Tears and Other Stories”

John Updike’s final collection of short stories offers an unflinching look at isolation and the insignificance of human affairs.

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