'Fiction is a solution, the best solution, to the problem of existential solitude'
'Speaking in Tongues' by Frank Huyler
from The Blood of Strangers
In this haunting true story, a dark secret threatens the career of an enigmatic brain surgeon called Ruth.
'Sticker Shock' by Rivka Galchen
from American Innovations
How much does a daughter owe her mother? Or a mother owe her daughter? Rivka Galchen’s flowing prose reads like a spiraling conversation over coffee, covering privilege and family, as two independent women discuss money.
'Strawberry Lipstick' by Kseniya Melnik
from Snow in May
Olya is desperate to get away from the bed she shares with her sister, and the tinkling of their chamber pot. So when a boy she’s never met proposes, what else could she say?