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    My Monticello

    In the incendiary opening story of My Monticello, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson's debut collection, a father is addressing his college-aged son, with whom he has never had a relationship, or not a typical ...

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    The Wrong End of the Telescope

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    The Real-Life Work of Rabih Alameddine

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    Lightning Strike

    It is the summer of 1963 in Tamarack County, Minnesota. Just outside the small town of Aurora, nestled next to shimmering Iron Lake, 12-year-old Cork O'Connor makes a grisly discovery. Hiking into the...

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    The Indian Relocation Act of 1956

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    Skinship

    The fine thing about short stories in general is their way of following characters through significant moments or events of change. It's a little like shadowing someone's life for a while and ...

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    'Skinship' is a term commonly used to describe physical affection in Korean culture. It can be read as a portmanteau of the words 'skin' and 'kinship.' In the eponymous story from her book ...

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