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Unleaving

Justin Mundhenk

‘She felt like she was stepping on someone’s knuckles. With each careful step, she heard the sound of breaking bones.’

The Interrogation

Vanessa Manko

‘I am not an anarchist neither am I a communist.’

America

Chinelo Okparanta

‘It is a reluctant kind of disregard that stems from a feeling of shame.’

In Sight of the Lake

Alice Munro

‘She liked how the latticework would provide a touch of fantasy.’

In Winter the Sky

Jon McGregor

‘In winter there’s no danger of falling into the sky / Our bodies anchored to the ground by the weight of the light.’

Drifting House

Krys Lee

‘Houses loomed like ghosts. The government’s face was everywhere: on the sides of a beached cart, above the lintel of the post office.’

The Moon and the Batteries

Hiromi Kawakami

‘His full name was Mr Harutsuna Matsumoto, but I called him ‘Sensei’. Not ‘Mr’ or ‘Sir’, just ‘Sensei’.’

Menu: Extinction

Sharona Muir

‘A baked mermaid, prepared, a la Julia Child, with her tail obtruding from her open mouth, and her little fried fingers presented on a mother-of-pearl comb. How would that strike you?’

Harold

Bonnie Nadzam

‘A rustling, then a voice, came from behind the door – the voice of a man who couldn’t be much older than I. A cousin? A secret half-brother? ‘Bloodgood.’’

At The Kitchen Table

Peter Orner

‘Your husband dies, you’re a widow. There’s almost joy in it. Why not scream it? Glory.’

The Dune

Stephen King

‘Being able to read obituaries in advance gives a man an extraordinary sense of power.’

Diem Perdidi

Julie Otsuka

‘When you ask her your name, she does not remember what it is.’

Auto-Suggestion

Toby Litt

‘I began to think, for no particular reason, about what the exact series of events would be were I to die at that moment – before, even, my coffee went cold.’

Redeployment

Phil Klay

‘Those ripples can tear organs apart.’

Stones and Artichokes

Nicole Krauss

‘As we get older, the world grows to fit our fear of death.’

Laikas I

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

‘Hilary hadn’t wanted to acknowledge A: herself as dog-lady; B: any problems re wolves or whatever.’

OIF

Phil Klay

‘A few months later I was strapped up, M4 in condition 1, surrounded by 03s, backpack full of cash, twitchiest guy in Iraq.’

Black Bazaar

Alain Mabanckou

‘Roger The French-Ivorian understood that I didn’t appreciate his tone of voice and ordered two Pelforts to win me back.’

Notes for a Young Gentleman

Toby Litt

‘A gentleman should greet with genuine warmth only the following persons – his sister’s daughters, his maternal aunts and his mortal enemies.’

The Children

Julie Otsuka

‘They learned that some people are born luckier than others and that things in this world do not always go as you plan.’

Harabella

Biram Mboob

‘He was conscious of something that had been growing in him as he walked here alone on Rimroad: some dark unreasoning paranoia.’

Here Comes the Sun | New Voices

Jaime Karnes

‘It’s more love than anyone has ever felt, I’m sure. I have an urge to donate it to children in Africa, or give it to the girl that works the kiosk in the mall. I’ll give it to a lonely continent.’

Go, Japanese!

Kyoko Nakajima

‘On the boat none of them will know who will meet them where they go. This is the world, they say to themselves. There is no need to worry. And this part is true, as worry functions were never built in.’

A Mason’s Hand | New Voices

Ali Akbar Natiq

‘Haji sahib, these kids are beyond me. I can’t teach them any more. Please make some other arrangement.’

Come, Japanese!

Julie Otsuka

‘On the boat we each had to make choices.’

The Anniversary

Nami Mun

‘They were too tired to have affairs.’

Conditions for the Revolution

Pola Oloixarac

‘Everything is there and not there at the same time.’

The Hotel Life

Javier Montes

‘The room was outside almost everything, certainly outside the law.’

After Helena

Andrés Neuman

‘What can damage us more? The blunt honesty of hatred, or the thwarted objective of reconciliation?’

Eva and Diego

Alberto Olmos

‘Spending is about the fear of dying.’

The Girls Resembled Each Other in the Unfathomable

Carlos Labbé

‘That’s what I was fated to discover. That we’ll never be allowed to experience a desire that we simply can’t handle.’

Small Mouth, Thin Lips

Antonio Ortuño

‘This circumstance, death, will not detain my evolution.’

Gerardo’s Letters

Elvira Navarro

‘The last thing I feel like doing now is going in search of the gnome.’

The Bonfire and the Chessboard

Matías Néspolo

‘I’m not a snob, it’s just that down here we take chess seriously.’

The Witch

Kseniya Melnik

‘They hide in the hollows of the heart, warming themselves in the downy scarf of the child’s soul, leaking poisons of old hurt.’