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Clough

Jon McGregor

‘She probably thinks this is all a game. There’s time yet.’

Come, Japanese!

Julie Otsuka

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

Conditions for the Revolution

Pola Oloixarac

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

Cowboy Movie

Carolyn Osborn

‘All the cowboys are cheering John Wayne.’

Creatures of the Earth

John McGahern

‘They alone among all the creatures of the earth would never have to go that way.’

Crossing Cut Creek | New Voices

Erin McMillan

‘Light rose over Mama’s tanned arms, Keller’s dirty hair. The air was thick with colour and swirling dust, and we were still, suspended in it.’

Crow Fair

Thomas McGuane

‘You’re in a different world when your own mother doesn’t recognize you, or thinks you’re the stranger who gave her a hickey.’

Diem Perdidi

Julie Otsuka

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

Doctors and Nurses

Blake Morrison

‘Skirtless, jumperless, she lies on the floor, her hair settling about her like a silky parachute.’

Don’t Forsake Me

Ivan Klíma

'Bára went to the church on the advice of her friend Ivana. She had been suffering from occasional bouts of depression', Ivan Klíma in 'Don't Forsake Me' in Granta 59: France: The Outsider.

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.’

Drinking Men

Todd McEwen

‘Consider a long and famous river; it teems with salmon and story, winds majestic through the most various of Scotland's shires.’

Dunkirk

Ian McEwan

‘It was in his clear moments he was troubled’.

Dyke Bridge

Peter Orner

‘My brother and I in the knee-deep water, standing in the tidal current, under Dyke Bridge.’

Ecstasy

J. Robert Lennon

‘She lay there, her hand on her jeans in the place where she’d seen John’s head coming out of his mother.’

Eddie-baby

Eddie Limonov

‘Usually taciturn and self-absorbed, on that day Eddie bombarded the teachers with witticisms and cheeky, caustic remarks, for which the French mistress, shaken, sent him out of the classroom.’

Eight Pieces for the Left Hand

J. Robert Lennon

‘Autumn, once the most popular season in this town of tall trees, is now regarded with dread, thanks to the bitter athletic rivalry between our two local high schools.’

Eight Trains

Alberto Olmos

‘To go is always to go somewhere; returning, you return to nowhere. That’s the way it is.’

Einstein in Bern

Alan Lightman

‘Einstein and Besso walk slowly down Speichergasse in the late afternoon.’

Eva and Diego

Alberto Olmos

‘Spending is about the fear of dying.’

Every Move You Make

David Malouf

‘This is what sorrow is that knows no explanation or answer.’

Everything Is Different in Your House

Adam Mars-Jones

‘At the end of the year, an ambulance brought Suseela home from hospital to die’.

Evo Morales

Ricardo Lísias

‘Loneliness also makes our victories melancholy.’

Failing to Fall

A.L. Kennedy

‘This is the one thing I know from the minute I lift the receiver and slip that voice inside my ear: it will happen.‘

Far from Ramiro

Chico Mattoso

‘Through the eyes of the intruder, Ramiro saw the invasion of his own space.’

Farewell

Fae Myenne Ng

‘If Grandpa Leong had been a family man, there might have been real tears, a grieving wife draped in muslin, the fabric weaving around her like burned skin.’

Filsan

Nadifa Mohamed

‘Silence takes the place of all these words and her loneliness remains as dense and close as a shadow.’

Final Fantasy III

Tao Lin

‘On the F train to Manhattan I emailed a friend in the UK. I said I couldn’t write my essay about Japan.’

Five Cats and Three Women

J. Robert Lennon

‘While he didn't mind (not much anyway) being responsible for the death of one cat, his cat, he did not feel good shouldering the death of four cats.’

Five Houses

Melanie McFadyean

‘I live here, we say, this is my house, my home. We settle, dwell, adorn. A house feels permanent. But this illusion of security can end in a minute.’

Fort-de-France

David Macey

‘In an hour or so, the bats will fly during a brief twilight. And then the tree frogs will begin to chirp in the dark ’

From Dream to Dream

Yiyun Li

‘At what point had one’s life stopped belonging to one?’

from Son of the Morning

Joyce Carol Oates

‘The livingness of the rifle and the bullet and the death spasm and his own bright quickening blood: never would he forget.’

Frozen Fish

William Leith

‘I remembered the freezer from when we were kids. It had been important to us then, the site of many shameful boyish deeds.’

Gas, Boys, Gas

Andrew O’Hagan

‘The men were quiet. They said nothing for a minute and the sea at my back was calm and almost imaginary, but you could hear the waves coming to wash the chalk cliffs from under us.’

Gerardo’s Letters

Elvira Navarro

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