24 November, 2020

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I found myself reading a great deal of short fiction this year, preferring its brisk epiphanies to the slow satisfactions of long, intricately structured novels

Pages To Turn To
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I found myself reading a great deal of short fiction this year, preferring its brisk epiphanies to the slow satisfactions of long, intricately structured novels. The stories in Rahul Mehta’s Quarantine amplify a surprising new voice: gentle, even tender, but powerful. Siddharth Chaudhuri’s Day Scholar, on the other hand, has an earthy exuberance; it resurrects a genre—the carefully paced novella—that is strangely rare in Indian writing in English, and is perfectly suited for this account of a deeply unsentimental education.

I have long admired Yiyun Li’s fiction, which isn’t just bringing essential news from a country—China—we know little about. You are immediately beguiled by the delicacy of her perceptions, and her understated prose, which set up a sharp contrast to the often unbearably cruel realities she describes.

Deborah Eisenberg has published four collections over the last twenty-four years, a modest output compared to, say, William Trevor and Alice Munro....

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