- Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Demons in the Spring by Joe Meno
- Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff
... when a version of the National Book Award winner was published thirty years previously, I don't think that hurts Wolff's chances.Meno's book, the only small press publication of the three, sounds very much my kind of thing :
Each of theses 20 stories evokes a different and surprising world, where, for instance, victims held at gunpoint fall in love with their captors, freed zoo animals roam the streets, a wife turns into a cloud whenever her husband makes a romantic overture, miniature elephants become prized and acutely sensitive pets, and a tiny city grows inside a woman like a cancer. Yet, no matter how imaginative the situation, the stories remain grounded in real empathy and plausible detail.