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    Orange World

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    Whether it’s a ghost story about gold diggers haunted by men who died doing their jobs, a tale of horror in which a mother begins breastfeeding the devil in order to protect her human baby, or a charming if impossible love story about a young man falling in love with an ancient mummified girl, Russell’s stories are astute, moving, and meaningful.

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  • The cover of the book Exhalation

    Exhalation

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    If you’ve seen the acclaimed film Arrival, then you’re at somewhat familiar with Ted Chiang’s fiction, as he wrote the short story that inspired it. Chiang blends big ideas with meticulously drawn characters, resulting in powerfully resonant stories. His new collection offers nine new visions of other worlds and times, told stunningly.

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  • The cover of the book The Color Master

    The Color Master

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    Aimee Bender’s stories range from the whimsical to the disturbing, the absurd to the totally human. There are ogres and healers, trauma and succulent joy. Her modern fables have won her a cult following of eager readers, us included.

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  • The cover of the book Pretty Monsters

    Pretty Monsters

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    Billed for young adult readers (and lucky them), Pretty Monsters can and should be enjoyed by all Kelly Link fans, which is to say, anyone with a healthy appreciation for the uncanny and macabre. Among the stories is a boy who tries to retrieve the poems he buried in his dead girlfriend’s coffin and digs up the wrong corpse, which reanimates and goes to visit her mother. Are you hooked yet?

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  • The cover of the book CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

    CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

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    George Saunders’ 1996 debut collection went on to become a cult classic—so beloved, in fact, that it warranted a reissue for its 20th anniversary. Compared to Mark Twain for his satirical takes on the American condition, his short stories are singularly brilliant, epically strange, and all his own.

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