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The Language of Kindness

I watch the mother’s face mostly, details I hadn’t noticed before: the slope of her eyebrows, the clenching of her teeth, eyes rimmed with red.

All These Beautiful Strangers

My father built the house on Langely Lake for my mother, in the town she grew up in.

Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief

Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now.

The Sun Does Shine

There’s no way to know the exact second your life changes forever.

Swan Song

For the first time in his life, the words refuse to come.

Us Against You

Have you ever seen a town fall? Ours did.

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‘Miss Armstrong? Miss Armstrong, can you hear me?’

The Water Cure

Once we have a father, but our father dies without us noticing.

Summer

That I have my own lawn sprinkler has never quite dawned on me

Ultimatum

‘Salaam, Ali-jaan. It’s me.’

Meet Me at the Museum

Dear young girls, Home again from the deserts and oases of the Sheikdoms I find your enthusiastic letters on my desk.

Tom Clancy's Line of Sight

Dr. Guzman rubbed her tired eyes.

On Chesil Beach

They were young, educated, and both virgins on this, their wedding night, and they lived in a time when a conversation about sexual difficulties was plainly impossible.

The President is Missing

The sharks are circling, their nostrils twitching at the scent of blood.

Star of the North

The sea was calm the day Soo-min disappeared.

The Year Everything Changed

On New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2001, we buried our son.

True Blue

There was something about the colour of the Kimberley sky that gave Free a shiver of joy every time she drove home to Paterson Downs.

The Grey Ghost

Late for work, Reginald Oren raced across the street, the cobblestones slick from the night’s rain.

The Escape Room

It was Miguel who called 911 at 4.07 a.m. on an icy Sunday morning.

Disobedience

And on the Shabbat, the priests would sing a song for the future that is to come, for that day which will be entirely Shabbat and for the repose of eternal life.