‘I was only nine when I took to practicing the art of not waving. I felt an exhilarating power surge inside me and I ran all the way home, punching the air as I went.’
‘Isn’t it sweet to look back at how my mind jumped to the most innocuous conclusion? That after so many years, at seventy-two, my imagination was still so naive?’
‘The church has no thoughts. The church is brick and glass. If they ever slept there, they would see that.’
Reyah Martin’s ‘Wherever Mister Jensen Went’ is the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize regional winner from Canada and Europe.
‘Sometimes, in the midst of one of our arguments, he would say to me sadly, I understand you more if I understand less.’
‘You’re gonna want to go down the other side of the mountain and check out the Facility. Don’t do it.’
‘I looked around at my apartment, wondering if there was anything gazing back.’ New fiction from Lincoln Michel.
Nathalie Léger, translated from the French by Natasha Lehrer.
An extract from Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli, nominated for the Rathbones Folio Prize.
New fiction from Golnoosh Nour’s debut collection about the lives of young, queer Iranians.
‘The next editor of the university newspaper was chosen each year by a panel.’ A new short story by Frances Leviston, from her forthcoming collection The Voice in My Ear.
Read an excerpt from The Great Homecoming by Anna Kim, a novel of love and loss in the wake of the Korean war.
‘Without any forewarning or explanation, people suddenly began visiting. They came in droves to find her.’ A story by Aoko Matsuda, translated by Polly Barton.
‘The light pouring from the open door throbbed like a bruised thumb.’ New fiction from Carmen Maria Machado.
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