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And snap they do—these stories are not for the weak of heart. These are times and people pushed to unthinkable places, where acts of retribution are left in the hands of the layman.

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Slivers of pink broached the flurries in the western sky. She paused, breathing heavily, and stared down over the valley.

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A black stream cut the mottled white, powdered trees hunched on their hummocks. In one distant corner of the prairie the last of daylight glinted off a tin roof. The story is a compelling, sorrowful traipse through his self-afflicted exile, as he literally walks aimlessly in the wilderness for many of the pages. With reoccurring images and characters, there is an entwined, novelesque quality to the book as a whole. Heathcock uses this town of Krafton to its full capability.

It emerges as the main character, growing ever alive through each individual narrative. There is nothing flimsy about this work—it is gleaming, craft-wise, but it also has that invisible something. Volt is effectual in that special way I believe all serious readers of fiction yearn for with each unopened book, each un-cracked spine—to be swept away and changed, to be disturbed for days, even weeks after, to be astounded and confronted with beauty and moral question.

So thank you, Alan Heathcock, for starting my reading year off right with this brilliant collection. Chelsea Bieker is a fiction writer currently at work on a collection of stories. Staff Alex Behr is a staff writer. Lucas Bernhardt is a Senior Editor at the magazine.

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Wendy Bourgeois writes the "Reading Lines" column. Emily Burns Morgan writes the "Mostly Novels" column. Benjamin Craig is a Senior Editor at the magazine. A pioneering modernist writer, Mansfield was born and brought up in colonial New Zealand before moving to Britain, where she became friends with DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. The title story, one of her best-known works, is written in the modernist style, with the deceptively simple setting of a family preparing for a garden party.

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Against this backdrop Mansfield brilliantly interweaves meditations on class, life and death, illusion and reality. He is brilliant at evoking social nuance and has an unfailing eye for the tiniest detail that will shine light on the whole. This deliciously fat collection gives the reader the chance to dip in and out of one of the best observers of human behaviour.

Moore is notable for her arch tone and her sharp humour. But what makes her special is the way she can shift so smoothly to gut-wrenching poignancy.

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She writes about terminal illness, family dynamics and infidelity with equal fluency. Some of the best short stories contain unexpected moments of felicity on which the plot pivots. And so it was that, just as I was compiling this list, I received a giant package containing this doorstep of a book. It might be the most comprehensive collection of short stories… ever, featuring an all-star cast including Angela Carter, Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl and more, selected by David Miller, a literary agent and author.

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