A young soldier loses his arm and his self-respect during the First World War. A chess player from a small Siberian town travels to a forbidding Cold War Leningrad to compete. Shortly after Kristallnacht, a teenager desperately tries to get a job, in his desire to fight the Nazis. A boy from a rural American town has an astonishing talent his parents can’t understand. After her husband’s death, a woman finally surrenders to her grief. Whether the writers showcased here depict a world close to home or far beyond our experience, each presents characters at depth, taking you into the heart of a wonderfully original story. Don’t rush. Savor each one.
2013 Northern California Book Award for Best Fiction
After my husband died, we kept in touch.
2013 winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction
Robbie felt his missing fist clench.
I only ever laid down with a girl last week.