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I'm Not Scared of You or Anything

By Jon Paul Fiorentino (Illustrated by Maryanna Hardy)

The characters in I’m not Scared of You or Anything are invigilators, fake martial arts experts, buskers, competitive pillow fighters, drug runners, and, of course, grad students. This collection of comedic short stories and exploratory texts is the ninth book by the critically acclaimed and award-winning author Jon Paul Fiorentino.

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I, Dr. Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457

By Gary Barwin

Ranging from short story to postcard fiction, Barwin’s stories are luminous, hilarious, and surprising. A billionaire falls in love with a kitchen appliance, a couple share a pair of legs, a pipeline-size hair is given the Nobel Prize only so that it can be taken away, a father remembers with tenderness the radiant happiness of his teenage child, trapped inside his body. As the Utne Reader said of his last collection, “what makes them so compelling is Barwin’s balance of melancholy with wide-eyed wonder.”

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The Inanimate World by Robert Strandquist

The Inanimate World

By Robert Strandquist

The Inanimate World is an affecting suite of stories, with a novella-length piece at its core. These are sincere, germane, and tender tales of longing—for love, understanding, acceptance, and peace.

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The Incomparables

By Alexandra Leggat

The Incomparables is a novel about ambition, betrayal, “failure,” love, family dynamics, how we deal with societal, family, and personal expectations, and how we come to accept who we are.

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By Nathaniel G. Moore

Nathaniel G. Moore follows up his 2014 ReLit Award win for Savage with a diverse collection of short fiction, his first — Jettison, featuring stories which dangle somewhere between horror and romance.

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