16. The World to Come by Jim Shepard

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Shepard is not one to write collections of stories that reiterate a familiar experience; he doesnโ€™t tend to agonize over middle-class white men of a certain age or frustrated intellectuals. The World to Come is no exception. His deeply researched, detailed fiction places readers lightly but surely in an Arctic exploration, an early hot-air balloon flight, a frontier settlementโ€™s domestic drama, and beyond, opening up unexpected worlds with each new story. -CF

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