The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015

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Science fiction and fantasy enjoy a long literary tradition, stretching from Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, and Jules Verne to Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, and William Gibson. In The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy award-winning editor JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS delivers a diverse and vibrant collection of stories published in the previous year. Featuring writers with deep science fiction and fantasy backgrounds, along with those who are infusing traditional fiction with speculative elements, these stories uphold a longstanding tradition in both genres — looking at the world and asking, What if . . . ? The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 includes: Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, T. C. Boyle, Sofia Samatar, Jo Walton, Cat Rambo, Daniel H. Wilson, Seanan…

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Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories

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From the author of National Book Award finalist American Salvage comes a dazzling and suspenseful new story collection. Named by the Guardian as one of our top ten writers of rural noir, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a keen observer of life and trouble in rural America, and her working-class protagonists can be at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny. The strong but flawed women of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters must negotiate a sexually charged atmosphere as they love, honor, and betray one another against the backdrop of all the men in their world. Such richly fraught mother-daughter relationships can be lifelines, anchors, or they can sink a woman like a stone. In “My Dog Roscoe,” a new bride becomes obsessed…

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If I Knew You Were Going to Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go

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It is the summer of 1972, and Katie has just turned eighteen. Katie and her town, Elephant Beach, are both on the verge: Katie of adulthood, and Elephant Beach of gentrification. But not yet: Elephant Beach is still gritty, working-class, close-knit. And Katie spends her time smoking and drinking with her friends, dreaming about a boy just back from Vietnam who’s still fighting a battle Katie can’t understand. In this poignant, evocative debut collection, Judy Chicurel creates a haunting, vivid world, where conflicts between mothers and daughters, men and women, soldiers and civilians and haves and have-nots reverberate to our own time. She captures not only a time and place, but the universal experience of being poised between the past…

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Mr. Tall: A Novella and Stories

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One of six books shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the most prestigious short story award in the world, MR. TALL, by Tony Earley (Back Bay Books/Little, Brown; August, 11, 2015; $14.99), is not to be missed. Now in paperback, MR. TALL is a collection of stories and a novella heralded as “funny, humane, deeply moving, wistful” by Kate DiCamillo and “hugely enjoyable” by the Washington Post. This collection elevates Earley to a new level of readership and reinstates him as a mythmaker and tale spinner of the first rank. The insightful, riotous, and arresting stories included here introduce us not only to ordinary people seeking to live extraordinary lives but also to the skunk ape (a…

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The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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“Three times Randolph Carter dreamed of the marvelous city, and three times was he snatched away while still he paused on the high terrace above it.” Randolph Carter embarks on an epic quest across a world beyond the wall of sleep, in search of an opulent and mysterious sunset city. When he prays to the gods of dream to reveal the whereabouts of this magical city, they do not answer, and his dreams stop altogether. Undaunted, Carter resolves to go to Kadath, where the gods live, and beseech them in person. However, no one has ever been to Kadath, and no one even knows how to get there—but that won’t stop Randolph Carter from trying. About The Author H. P.…

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White Man’s Problems

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In nine stories that move between nouveau riche Los Angeles and the working class East Coast, Kevin Morris explores the vicissitudes of modern life. Whether looking for creative ways to let off steam after a day in court or enduring chaperone duties on a school field trip to the nation’s capital, the heroes of White Man’s Problems struggle to navigate the challenges that accompany marriage, family, success, failure, growing up, and getting older. The themes of these perceptive, wry and sometimes humorous tales pose philosophical questions about conformity and class, duplicity and decency, and the actions and meaning of an average man’s life. Morris’s confident debut strikes the perfect balance between comedy and catastrophe—and introduces a virtuosic new voice in American fiction.…

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