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Seeing Backwards: An Interview with Whitney Terrell

In the novels The Huntsman and The King of Kings County, Whitney Terrell tackled politically charged problems like housing segregation and institutional racism. Both novels are set in his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., the near epicenter of the United State where these issues have erupted on a national stage. Terrell’s third novel, The Good Lieutenant, features a protagonist from the same landscape, Emma Fowler, who attempts to escape it and the burden of family by becoming an officer in the United States Army. The Good Lieutenant is a bravura performance in terms of form and style, restoring what Adam Johnson has called “one of our most encrusted literary forms—the war novel” through the tropes of some of its most venerated practitioners (Conrad, Heller, O’Brien). With doses of black humor and irony, the fragmented narrative unspools backwards from what would traditionally be the climax of a war novel—the “crucible of combat”—back toward the snow-swept fields of Kansas […]

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Seeing Backwards: An Interview with Whitney Terrell

In the novels The Huntsman and The King of Kings County, Whitney Terrell tackled politically charged problems like housing segregation and institutional racism. Both novels are set in his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., the near epicenter of the United State where these issues have erupted on a national stage. Terrell’s third novel, The Good Lieutenant, features a protagonist from the same landscape, Emma Fowler, who attempts to escape it and the burden of family by becoming an officer in the United States Army. The Good Lieutenant is a bravura performance in terms of form and style, restoring what Adam Johnson has called “one of our most encrusted literary forms—the war novel” through the tropes of some of its most venerated practitioners (Conrad, Heller, O’Brien). With doses of black humor and irony, the fragmented narrative unspools backwards from what would traditionally be the climax of a war novel—the “crucible of combat”—back toward the snow-swept fields of Kansas […]

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Web Exclusive Interview: Kathryn Savage

Kathryn Savage’s “Lesser Missiles” grabbed us from the first, spare, and startling sentences. Whenever this happens, we might cross our fingers and tense up a little, carried away by the momentum of the story but still conscious that we are rooting for the narrative to sustain that opening power, to not let us down. Kathryn’s story succeeds beautifully, and its final moments deliver us gently, without apology, to the vastness of our own vulnerabilities.

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ASF Short Fiction Contest Now Closed

The American Short Fiction Contest is now closed. This year we are honored to have Victor LaValle—author of the story collection Slapboxing with Jesus and novels The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver and The Ballad of Black Tom—as our guest judge. The winner of the contest will receive $1,000 and publication in the magazine. The runner up will receive $500, and all stories submitted to the contest will be considered for publication. More details after the jump. […]

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Starting with the Problem: An Interview with Sara Majka

Sara Majka’s Cities I’ve Never Lived In is my favorite kind of story collection—one that strikes many, many delicate balances. It’s both comforting and spooky, dreamlike and surprisingly frank, clear-eyed and slyly supernatural, and often all simultaneously. Majka’s stories follow a common narrator—recently divorced and adrift in a reflective, tonal sadness—into new towns and old relationships [. . .]

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Editorial Outtakes: M. Thomas Gammarino

Editorial Outtakes is a feature in which we publish excerpts from novels and story collections that you won’t find in the finished books because, prior to publication, these sections were cut. This installment of Editorial Outtakes features a deleted scene from King of the Worlds, the new novel by M. Thomas Gammarino, which tells the story of Dylan Greenyears, a has-been Hollywood heartthrob whose best days […]

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