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The End of Endings

Steven Hall

‘Entropy is what drives time forwards, and only forwards.’

A World Intact

Adam Foulds

‘His life, unexciting as it may have been so far, was still a detailed, complicated thing.’

You Don’t Have To Live Like This

Benjamin Markovits

‘It felt like everything that had happened to me in college, everything I had learned to be comfortable with, had produced this jerk standing naked in the water, splashing his best friend’s girlfriend in the chest.’

Tomorrow

Joanna Kavenna

‘She was living as herself, in herself, without ever thinking about what that meant.’

Just Right

Zadie Smith

‘There’s no romance in that child whatsoever. No clue of the magic of storytelling. I’ll bet you a dollar she wears a girdle already.’

The Reservation

Sarah Hall

‘He can dream of fields of unicorns or invest in the reanimation of sabretooth DNA, if the prognostication visits him.’

Interim Zone

Xiaolu Guo

‘His father had sent him into exile.’

Boy, Snow, Bird

Helen Oyeyemi

‘I didn’t enclose a note, though there were a few things I’d have liked to say. Restraint is classier.’

Zephyrs

Jenni Fagan

‘Every step forward causes the road behind him to disappear.’

Arrivals

Sunjeev Sahota

‘But he couldn’t lose the sense that this was a turning point in his life, that she’d been delivered to him for a reason.’

Submersion

Ross Raisin

‘It is obvious now that we can have no control over our journey, or its end.’

We Need New Names

NoViolet Bulawayo

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

Happiness

Andrés Neuman

‘My name is Marcos. I’ve always wanted to be Cristóbal.’

Blue Jay

Lillian Li

‘Like romantic love, you can’t ever replicate your first best-friendship.’

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.’

One More Last Stand

Callan Wink

‘It’s funny to think that we existed, us together, before either of our marriages.’

The Quality of the Affection

Lloyd Lynford

‘What thou lovest well cannot be reft from thee. But maybe Ezra was mistaken, maybe it can be reft, but maybe that was her fault.’

Don’t Fall in Love

Mohsin Hamid

‘She does not stare at you, but when your eyes meet, she does not look away.’

A Brief History of Fire

Jennifer Vanderbes

‘My happiness was so deep I was afraid to speak of it.’

Safety Catch

Lauren Wilkinson

Nothing dies because you can’t destroy energy.’

Abingdon Square

André Aciman

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

Paddleball

Colin Robinson

‘My brother and I can’t help but stand out in such a gritty locale.’

The Loyalty Protocol

Ben Marcus

‘The tally, indeed, on that particular activity, in that particular location – or, in fact, on any couch ever – was, indeed, zero.’

The New Veterans

Karen Russell

‘Pain unwound itself under her palms‘

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.’

Dreams of a Leisure Society

Adam Foulds

‘They were citizens of a multidimensional universe and they liked to get high.’

Clough

Jon McGregor

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

That Year in Rishikesh

Adriana Lisboa

‘The pulp from her processing of the world was a mixture of past, present, dreams, imagination, films, books, newspaper articles, anything.’

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.’

Hands Across the Water

Rachel Seiffert

‘Dark red hair. Wee skirt and trainers, bare arms. All those freckles.’

Enclosure

Jim Crace

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

Animals

Michel Laub

‘I only stopped playing with him when he began biting the fingers of anyone who tried to pet him.’

Violeta

Miguel Del Castillo

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

Blazing Sun

Tatiana Salem Levy

‘It’s never easy to trade one love for another.’

Evo Morales

Ricardo Lísias

‘Loneliness also makes our victories melancholy.’

Every Tuesday

Carola Saavedra

‘A stranger may well function as a projection screen.’