A collection of the ten most popular fiction posts of 2019.
‘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 Klaces.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.’
‘I walk, or I ride the subway. All my worries and obsessions are dissolved in ceaseless observation.’ Translated from the Spanish by Guillermo Bleichmar.
‘I descend to confront – a visitor! After the jam? I think so. Or the gin.’
‘I imagined his journey out of the coma as an increasingly painful ascent through dark water.’ Translated from the Danish by Caroline Waight.
‘I was suckled by Mother Earth, he would reflect on occasion, and he would stretch, feeling new strength in his veins.’
New fiction from Rebekah Frumkin, featuring psychiatrists brandishing DSM–5, delusions, transference and the menacing voice of Alex Trebek.
‘It is their turn to be silent. Your hand is throbbing in protest. There is blood on your knuckles.’ New fiction from ’Pemi Aguda.
New fiction by Geovani Martins, with a translation and thoughts on translation from Julia Sanches.
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