Things have been getting callously objective here at the Fiction Advocate lately, so we’re going to balance it out with some unabashed praise for your Friday.
Bookforum’s summer fiction issue is out, and in addition to weighing in on the Jean Rhys biography that Jessa wrote about this week, the issue contains 6 new excerpts from novels that won’t be published until September. Bookforum is presenting them online, for free, with glowing introductions by other writers like Junot Diaz, and a little comic strip to illustrate each one. It’s a great way to celebrate new writing. We think the excerpts by Holly Goddard Jones and Ryan Boudinot are especially good.
Also, storySouth has narrowed down the finalists in its annual Million Writers Award. You can read the stories online and vote for your favorite. Just glancing at them, we think we’ll vote for either “The Whale Hunter” or “Fuckbuddy.” Plus, if you scroll last year’s notable stories, you’ll find some good stuff by the Fiction Advocate and a young guy with a lot of promise named Robert Repino.