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Marine Park: Stories by Mark Chiusano
Marine Park: Stories

Alisha C, August 31, 2015

Chiusano’s collection is a good debut and the stories are written well, thought through and distinctive in voice. The stories are written without true dialogue, more so as recollections of events having occurred. This technique makes the stories and characters feel quiet and loud at the same time - an interesting style. Chiusano is very consistent and forthright with his characters and voice. He’s a joy to read and I will pick up future collections to watch how Chuisano’s storytelling style evolves.
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Music for Wartime: Stories by Rebecca Makkai
Music for Wartime: Stories

Alisha C, August 31, 2015

Rebecca Makkai’s short story collection is truly remarkable and one of the best I have ever read. The stories are extremely textured and the feelings, descriptions, characters and settings are expertly written. The stories stand-alone or flow together depending on how you read them. The majority of the stories are packed so full of depth, detail and emotion that you’ll feel as though you’ve read an entire novel, while others are short and condensed, but they will still leave a lasting impression.
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Charlie Martz and Other Stories: The Unpublished Stories by Elmore Leonard
Charlie Martz and Other Stories: The Unpublished Stories

Alisha C, August 31, 2015

I told my friend that the family/estate/agent of Leonard didn’t do him justice, pushed this collection out unfinished, unpolished and not a reflection of his greatest work. I’ve changed that opinion. I think everyone has to start somewhere and I’m grateful that we have these stories to understand where it all began.
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Man V. Nature: Stories by Diane Cook
Man V. Nature: Stories

Alisha C, November 14, 2014

Cook strips characters of anything unnecessary superfluous, leaving them to their own devices, instincts and vulnerabilities. It’s a look at how people react when pushed to the edge and then beyond that, further and further until very little resembles anything the character can draw on from previous experience or knowledge. Some characters lose it, some give up, others sink into the abyss (quite literally).
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Flings: Stories by Justin Taylor
Flings: Stories

Alisha C, October 25, 2014

All of the relationships have extreme ups and downs and Taylor does a wonderful job of exploring everything kind of ‘what-if’ scenario he can manage to throw at his characters. Taylor brings his characters to the brink of a decision. There are recent graduates flailing and trying to find what they should do with their lives, a widow who is sorting out being left alone and numerous encounters of couples trying to navigate through life (engagement, other lovers, cross-country moves).
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