The Best of Everything: 2019

Via an informal survey of our staff, what we enjoyed this year in stories, novels, nonfiction, and chapbooks released in 2019. But don’t take our word for it–go to like, libraries and readings and independent bookstores and see for yourself because there’s so much more we haven’t gotten to yet!

Short Stories

Fellowship” by Dara Passano, Meridian
“Children Are Magic” by Natalie Serber, One Story
“Daughter’s Bodies” by Sabrina Helen Li, Threepenny 


Bloomland by John Englehardt (Dzanc Books)
Sing it by Amy Hempel (Scribner)
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin)
The Artstars (stories) by Anne Elliott (Indiana University Press)
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2019 edited by Laura Furman (Anchor Books)
I Am Faithful (stories) by Jenny Irish (Black Lawrence Press)
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (Random House)
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco)


White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination by Jess Row (Graywolf)
Meander, Spiral, Explode by Jane Alison (Catapult)
The Nocturnal Brain: Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep by Guy Leschziner (St Martin’s)
Black Death at Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague by David K. Randall (W.W. Norton)


Parting Gifts for Losing Contestants by Jessica Mooney (COAST|noCOAST)

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