Fiction 2009

In This Issue

Alice Sebold on literary prizes; Tim O’Brien on detail and imagination; original stories by Paul Theroux, Téa Obreht, Rick Bass, and others; new poetry by Linda Gregerson and Donald Hall; and much more.


Fish Story

“It was a swollen, gasping, netherworld creature. I had to keep it alive until they could kill it.”


“Colleen was coming home from Iraq. But Moira was like a surrogate mother now, almost a surrogate wife.”


“Último knew people claimed they’d seen the Virgin Mary. But this was Alba, an ordinary girl.”

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