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Fiction

  1. at home in asian america
    The Mixed MetaphorWhy does the half-Asian, half-white protagonist make us so anxious?
  2. book review
    When Grief Returns Again, and Again, and Again …In her time-looping novel The Furrows, Namwali Serpell’s deft use of repetition makes the plot feel dynamic even as she retells the same story.
  3. awards
    National Book Award for Fiction Longlist Honors Eight Fiction DebutsWe love to see it!
  4. fiction
    The Empty Nest: An Excerpt From The DeceptionsIn The Deceptions, a poet balances marriage, betrayal, and mythology at the Met.
  5. discourse
    You Know Holden Caulfield Isn’t Real, Right?The way a fictional character should make you feel is … however they make you feel.
  6. book review
    In These Novels of Tech Dystopia, Memories Belong to the CloudJennifer Egan’s The Candy House and Vauhini Vara’s The Immortal King Rao are two very different books with a troubling shared prediction.
  7. perfil
    Fernanda Melchor y la tragedia del machismoCon historias inspiradas en el crimen, la novelista arroja luz a los rincones oscuros de la masculinidad.
  8. profile
    Fernanda Melchor Writes Tragic MachismoIn her crime-inspired novels, male fear and desire are two sides of the same coin.
  9. book review
    In the Novel Post-Traumatic, a Trauma Plot Refuses the ObviousIn Chantal V. Johnson’s novel Post-Traumatic, the story of one woman’s breakdown feels visceral and specific.
  10. fiction
    Women and Children First, From HeartbrokeIn this excerpt from Chelsea Bieker’s new collection, one woman tries to right the sins of her past by … committing a few more in the present.
  11. excerpt
    Book Excerpt: ‘Let Me Finish’ From ‘Cleopatra and Frankenstein’Zoe, too broke for plans, finds herself at a free Friday-night orgasm workshop. She leaves dissatisfied — and with a tempting job offer.
  12. fiction
    Clairvoyance: An Excerpt from Fiona and JaneJane was happy for Fiona. But what was this other feeling, buried within it?
  13. fiction
    When the Teeth Came In“It wasn’t long before I noticed something alien in my vagina.”
  14. awards
    Katie Kitamura, Lauren Groff on National Book Award for Fiction LonglistPlus three debut novels.
  15. book review
    In Chang-rae Lee’s My Year Abroad, There’s No Escaping the SelfThe novel by Chang-rae Lee turns a coming-of-age trope into something much more bleak and strange.
  16. fact vs fiction
    What Do Fiction Writers Owe Their IRL Inspiration?Cat Person and Stillwater constantly betray their main characters. It’s what makes them interesting.
  17. fiction
    Other People’s KitchensIn this original piece of fiction from Bryan Washington, a private chef spends lockdown cooking for Houston’s wealthiest.
  18. fiction
    OrgyIn this excerpt from Kaitlyn Greenidge’s latest work of fiction, a woman sneaks out to a sex party during the height of the pandemic.
  19. fiction
    The Low CountriesIn this short story by Brandon Taylor, a young deli worker in Iowa City spends a day with with an actor in town to promote a film.
  20. fiction
    You Owe MeThe government’s system wasn’t made for couples like Dan and Sasha, but they followed the new rules anyway.
  21. fiction
    Talking Around the Elephant in the RoomThey could publish books about bitcoin and black holes, but they couldn’t understand why it was important to have more diverse authors.
  22. fiction
    The CureShe enjoyed sex most when her lovers seemed satisfied.
  23. first person
    A Recipe Gets You Only So FarChasing intangible feelings, in and out of the kitchen.
  24. the cut podcast
    Irony Is OutRaven Leilani on her debut novel and the importance of being earnest, on this week’s The Cut podcast.
  25. must reads
    Here Is the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction Long ListThe winner’s will be announced at a (virtual, duh) awards ceremony later this fall.
  26. podcasts
    Stories From an Evening With the Cut and Symphony SpaceOn the Selected Shorts podcast.
  27. fiction
    What Are You Going Through: A Novel Excerpt“A whole other feeling floods me when she reveals that she is in possession of a euthanasia drug.”
  28. fiction
    Want: A Novel Excerpt“My body almost single-handedly bankrupted us.”
  29. fiction
    Luster“Then I remember his wife, the coaster eases downwards, and we fall.”
  30. fiction
    Life Events: A Novel Excerpt“Here I was, joined in mourning with people I had never met before.”
  31. fiction
    Fleishman Is in Lockdown: A Short Story by Taffy Brodesser-AknerA sequel, exclusive to the Cut, in which Dr. Toby Fleishman works through the pandemic at a New York hospital.
  32. fiction
    The Vanishing Half“Would they see her for what she was? Or rather, what she wasn’t?”
  33. fiction
    The Conditions of Deliverance“Nothing was better than aligning with one of Vern’s messages from God.”
  34. read with us
    The Land’s Dank SecretsLucy will remember the hardness on Ma’s face years later. Was it resolve, or courage, or coldness?
  35. fiction
    Slow and SteadyI’d never been Gabe’s type, and I knew it.
  36. read with us
    Like Any Good Sidekick“Laura could take over as the heroine if the situation demanded it.”
  37. read with us
    A Sharpener of Knives“I typed ‘onion soup’ and ‘how to make into Explorer. I began to despair. I read the recipe. I read it again.”
  38. read with us
    Room at the Table“Grace had the urge to introduce herself again, though that would be insulting.”
  39. fiction
    ‘I Was 15 and He Was 42’Chapter one of My Dark Vanessa, the debut novel from Kate Elizabeth Russell.
  40. fiction
    PicnicAn excerpt from Weather, a new novel about climate dread from the author of Dept. of Speculation.
  41. fiction
    See It SlantWhen I was 19, a girl named K showed me what I was missing. Then she disappeared.
  42. fiction
    Greta and the Baby“Things would be different for her daughter, she decided. She would tell her something more like the truth.”
  43. the politics of fiction
    Alexander Chee on How to Unlearn EverythingWhen it comes to writing the “other,” what questions are we not asking?
  44. the politics of fiction
    Who Gave You the Right to Tell That Story?Ten authors on the most divisive question in fiction, and the times they wrote outside their own identities.
  45. fiction
    Lionesses“My mother-in-law is staying on our couch, indefinitely, because she’s sick, but also, she lost her house two weeks ago.”
  46. national book awards
    Here Are Your 2019 National Book Awards FinalistsFeaturing Marlon James, Susan Choi, and more.
  47. national books awards
    Here Is the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction LonglistIncluding Colson Whitehead and Taffy Brodesser-Akner.
  48. fiction
    Red at the BoneIn this excerpt from Jacqueline Woodson’s new novel, a teenage daughter reckons with her mother’s past.
  49. fiction
    ‘On Account of the Beast’In this excerpt from Téa Obreht’s new novel, Inland, a frontierswoman awaits the return of her husband.
  50. fiction
    Discriminating PeopleHelen picked the Badlands for their honeymoon because her first fiancé once told her it was like camping on Mars. But she didn’t tell Jeremy that.
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