If only you could know, his mother said, how much this is not blueberry. A real blueberry is plump and juicy as a pinky toe.
The country is empty and twisting. You could search for a dozen years and not find the mine.
Ben C. Stroud
If it hadnt been for Mickey Mouse, I wouldnt be alive.
My dad lived in Belize with a Russian ballerina. They grew chocolate beans before anyone else knew what organic meant.
The winner of the 2012 Boston Review Aura Estrada short-story contest.
Introduced by Samuel R. Delany
This is how I will always think of Mammì. Covering my eyes before I can cover hers.
In later years I will come to avoid him, but for now, I am eight years old, and the man everyone says is my father is sitting in the living room.
The Harper brothers acted as if they didnt see Lola or her car, right in front of them, plain as day.
Duchess, the dog that Jack and his dad brought home, is sitting by the kitchen table in a pair of womens underpants.
Something I want you to know about me, Scott said. I sense future sights, sounds, whatever while I sense the present.
The winner of the 2011 Boston Review Aura Estrada short-story contest.
Introduced by Francisco Goldman
I boarded the train and took the last empty seat, by the window. The woman next to me said, This train goes to the coast.
Lara Barrows wondered how the woman had gotten her name, and how shed found her address.
Hes sitting right in front of me now, a 130-pound Rottweiler named Casey, wearing a black helmet just like the one Im holding in my hands.
There are guavas to steal in Budapest, and right now Id die for guavas, or anything for that matter. My stomach feels like somebody just took a shovel and dug everything out.
The earliest known record of the negro detective Jackson Hieronymus Burkethe Mooris an advertisement he ran in several Berlin newspapers in 1873, promising discretion and modest fees.
From the winner of the Bita Prize in Persian Letters, a story of a girl faced with the violence of the state. (Plus: My Two Worlds, Goli Taraghis Bita Prize lecture)
translated by Faridoun Farrokh
He dont look like hes gonna be too talkative tonightwhich is a blessin. Otherwise youd have to listen to him go on about how youre goin to hell, like me and everybody I know.
Samuel R. Delany
Congratulations to BR Fiction Editor Junot Díaz on his 2012 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship.
His commitment to young writers, to exploring a full range of literary genres, and to socially engaged work keeps our fiction exciting and relevant. said BR Co-Editor Deborah Chasman.
BR Fiction Editor Junot Díaz discusses Freedom University and paths to citizenship for undocumented immigrants on The Colbert Report.
Women in Fiction Fight Back
Literature and the Ethics of Wealth in the Gilded Age
Adults Should Read Joan Aikens Wolves
Joseph Roth and the End of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
Michel Houellebecqs The Map and the Territory
An Interview with Junot Díaz
Paula M.L. MoyaWeb only
John CrowleyWeb only
Julian Barnes Remembers
Ben Katchors The Cardboard Valise
Jeffrey Eugenidess The Marriage Plot
Leland de la DurantayeWeb only
On Brian ONolan, a.k.a. Flann OBrien, one of Irelands great novelists.
On Kenyas Kwani Trust
The Jewish Jane Austen
Despite Critics Best Attempts
China Miévilles Other Reality
The Ethics of David Foster Wallace
Leland de la Durantaye
David Grossmans article of faith
Junot Díaz with Dave EggersWeb only
Mark Twains Autobiography