Fiction

My ex-husband’s name is John. His new wife is called Katrina. She’s petite. She has a figure that can make most men drink her in with their eyes. Her deep brown hair always looks shiny and freshly colored, like hair…Read more

They had been lied to by their government. They’d been assured, time and time again, that the Maginot Line would keep the Germans out of France.Lies.Neither concrete and steel nor French soldiers could stop Hitler’s march, and the government had…Read more

The Dry
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The Dry

Jane Harper

Even those who didn’t darken the door of the church from one Christmas to the next could tell there would be more mourners than seats. A bottleneck of black and gray was already forming at the entrance as Aaron Falk…Read more

Even this far out of the city, the river was full of paddle steamers and river barges, light yawls and chain tugs, with great wheels heaving up dripping lengths from the riverbed. Several bateaux-mouches were tied up at the pontoon…Read more

David had knelt down in the stream, his shoes were soaked. He’d put his hands in the water and was sucking on his fingers. Then I saw the dead bird. It was very close to David, just a step away.…Read more

At almost fourteen, Mildred Lucas was already a beautiful young woman. Cappuccino-skinned, she had inherited what her mother called “good hair,” tightly coiled like telephone cord rather than the dense frizz that crowned her seven younger brothers and sisters.“Dat dere…Read more

They Is Us
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They Is Us

Tama Janowitz

The room is very hot and dry, so dry that for a moment Julie’s lungs feel seared. “This room, we gotta keep it like a desert.” Dyllis points to a row of glass tanks. “Don’t ever touch the animals in…Read more

Idaho
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Idaho

Emily Ruskovich

Plastic flowers in a plastic vase. A nightstand bolted to the floor.Elizabeth’s awake.Hatred, forgotten in her sleep, arrives in her stomach at the sight of those flowers, which are not for her but are striving to seem to be. They’ve…Read more