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Persist

Zaina Arafat

‘I grew obsessed with the place, thinking that getting to see it, to experience it, would make the pain of that fall go away.’

The Diplomat’s Daughter

Chanelle Benz

‘Natalia used to be a wife. His name was Erik. His name was Viggo. His name was Christien. His name was Lucas. His name was Nils.’

This Is Not A Test

Stuart Evers

‘In the end, because he loved her still, still so very much, he let her win.’

What Happened to Us

Humera Afridi

‘Trouble. There’s always trouble of some kind or other bringing the city to a standstill.’

The Man at the River

Dave Eggers

‘All he wants is to be a man sitting on a riverbed.’

Glow

Ned Beauman

‘Growing up, you got so used to all your secrets being sad or shameful that you came to assume they were, like alkyl halides, intrinsically neurotoxic, and now he had learned for the first time that they weren’t.’

Anwar Gets Everything

Tahmima Anam

‘Two ways a man can go here, in the direction of God or the direction of believing there is nothing up there but a sun that will kill you whether you pray five times or not.’

Soon and in Our Days

Naomi Alderman

‘It is not often, even in Hendon, that one witnesses a miracle.’

We Need New Names

NoViolet Bulawayo

‘We are back in Paradise and are now trying to come up with a new game.’

And Yet

Brian Evenson

‘She had waited expectantly for him to tell her a story to illustrate this, and to explain what those values were, but as with so many other things he had left it at that. It lingered in the air, waiting for her to pluck it up, but she had simply let it hang.’

Abingdon Square

André Aciman

‘Your problem is not that you misread signs; it’s that you see them everywhere.’

Man Crossing Bridges

Ronaldo Correia de Brito

‘He prefers the battles of the bed, but his wife insists on his keeping to a severe containment.’

Some Other Katherine

Sam Byers

‘There were days when it seemed sordid and doomed; days which, oddly, Katherine found more romantic than the days of hope.’

Enclosure

Jim Crace

‘Yes, our tomorrows will be shaped like this.’

Violeta

Miguel Del Castillo

‘As if they longed to dive in but somehow couldn’t manage to.’

Lettuce Nights

Vanessa Barbara

‘When Ada died, the wash hadn’t dried yet.‘

Teresa

Cristhiano Aguiar

‘They rise up into the sky, like vultures.’

That Wind Blowing through the Plaza

Laura Erber

‘I didn’t go for the dental treatment, or for the gypsy dancing’

Rat Fever

Javier Arancibia Contreras

‘Everything around me, myself included, is warm and sticky.’

Before the Fall

J.P. Cuenca

‘Is it possible to run away without being a coward?’

Sparks

Carol Bensimon

‘Your anywhere is a river you watch as you smoke.’

Anecdotes

Ann Beattie

‘Christine’s hair had begun to dry, and she looked different, with her hair down and her glasses on. Her earnestness made her look younger, and took me back to the bar where we’d sat in Pennsylvania years ago.’

Exit Music

Chris Drangle

‘The only sound in the cabin is the droning of the engine.’

The Wig

Han Dong

‘Hu Yanjun had got his hands on a wig, and was trying it on in front of the mirror when his friend Wang Xinghai came to see him.’

Grand Rounds

Chris Adrian

‘I am more of a practice person than a theory person. Not that there’s anything wrong with theory people.’

Jubilee

Carys Davies

‘His name was Arthur Pritt, he said, and he was sorry for the day.’

Morrison Okoli (1955-2010)

Jekwu Anyaegbuna

‘It is always an honour to have women cry during someone’s burial, but yours is too silent for comfort.’

Tea Water

Gyrdir Eliasson

‘We sat on the little stools under the window and watched Grandma in her dress with the red roses on it, against the backdrop of the blue-painted kitchen.’

Sky Burial

Maile Chapman

‘That was my first introduction to the way that the elderly are obliged to live: the dependence, the danger and the enormous expense when something does happen.’

City Boy

Judy Chicurel

‘I would have dreams that woke me in the middle of the night, my heart shaking inside my body.’

The Provincials

Daniel Alarcón

‘I'd been out of the Conservatory for about a year when my great-uncle Raúl died.’

When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man | New Voices

Nick Dybek

‘We searched the horizon for returning fishermen, who arrived shaggy and greasy, telling their stories but not their secrets.’

Teardrop

Carol Anshaw

‘Nick didn’t kid himself that what he and Olivia had was love. It was more serious than that.’

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Peter C. Baker

‘How terrible, I thought, not to remember your own dreams.’

The Starveling

Don DeLillo

‘All human existence is a trick of light.’

The Colonel’s Son

Roberto Bolaño

‘Then Julie extracts her victim’s heart and eats it.’