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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher (Hilary Mantel, 2014)

Hilary Mantel’s second short story collection, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher (2014), begins and ends with an unwanted intruder. In the opening story, “Sorry to Disturb,” the unexpected guest is a man who, like the narrator herself, is a foreigner living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Although both he and the narrator are married, he forces … Continue reading

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Redeployment (Phil Klay, 2014)

Redeployment, Phil Klay’s debut short story collection, is a bracing, exquisitely fine-tuned book about the emotional experience of Marines who serve in the Iraq War. Focusing on the individuals who fight in the war rather than the larger-scale forces driving it, Klay crafts a precise, evocative, and frequently disquieting work about how enduring horrific violence … Continue reading

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The Middlesteins (Jami Attenberg, 2012)

Jami Attenberg’s fourth novel, The Middlesteins, delves deeply into the interconnected lives of one family. At the center of this family is Edie Middlestein, a mother and grandmother whose uncontrollable eating and subsequent health issues transform the lives of her loved ones. Spanning four generations and lifetimes of change in a Chicago suburb, The Middlesteins is a familial … Continue reading