Two women working shifts in a train station make a connection in this short story translated from the German by Katy Derbyshire.
‘I am not saying you cannot be gay. How hard is it to be normal and gay?’
The Normal Life
‘Blood had started to come out from within, thick and dark blood that forced me to use sanitary pads every month.’
‘Quitting drugs – what an idea. How final and unaccommodating. Like being left without faith or protection in a pagan world.’ An extract from Jeet Thayil’s Low.
Top Reads 2019 | Fiction
A collection of the ten most popular fiction posts of 2019.
Don’t Look at Me Like That
‘When I was at school I used to think that everyone disliked me, and it wasn’t far from true.’
‘Inshallah, one day I will return your every kindness.’ What does it mean to be American in Mehdi Tavana Okasi’s new story.
‘A typical child feels dangerously.’ New fiction from Caleb Kraces.
‘You can be sad and angry, you don’t have to choose, she told him.’
A new short story from one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.
The Strange Story of the World
‘Mama leaving home with my brother Folu was the last straw, the final stage in the process of Papa’s descent into that great darkness.’ New fiction from Chigozie Obioma.
Glimpses of a totally different system
‘This old circuit, which had been partly dormant, connected to an earlier memory. It was warm and fizzy and sharp. Then he stepped away, and the current was broken.’
Office of Lost Moments
‘I walk, or I ride the subway. All my worries and obsessions are dissolved in ceaseless observation.’ Translated from the Spanish by Guillermo Bleichmar.
Visitors Rev. 4
‘I descend to confront – a visitor! After the jam? I think so. Or the gin.’