21 Book Salute: Fiction

Celebrating the 21st year of the MFA with 21 alum novel and story collections
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From Avasthi to Taniguchi, here are MFA graduates with published novels or story collections, one book from each (some have more than one publication). Let us know if we've missed any (at sutt0063@umn.edu); we can always add more to grow on! (Speaking of . . . a short-fiction collection from Maureen Aitken (1997) won the Nilsen Prize and will be published by Southeast Missouri Press next fall, and Shana Youngdahl (2006) just signed with Dial for the 2020 publication of a young adult novel, As Many Nows as I Can Get.)

1.
Swati Avasthi (2010)
Chasing Shadows [young adult]
Ember

Cover of UNCLE JANICE

2.
Matt Burgess (2009)
Uncle Janice
Doubleday

3.
Amanda Coplin (2006)
The Orchardist
Harper

Cover of MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS

4.
Jennine Capó Crucet (2006)
Make Your Home Among Strangers
Picador

5.
Kevin Fenton (2005)
Merit Badges
New Issues

Cover of DAYS OF AWE

6.
Lauren Fox (1998)
Days of Awe
Knopf

7.
Sally Franson (2013)
A Lady's Guide to Selling Out
Dial Press

Cover of GIRL IN PIECES

8.
Kathleen Glasgow (2002)
Girl in Pieces [young adult]
Delacorte Press

9.
Norah Labiner (1996)
Let the Dark Flower Blossom
Coffee House Press

Cover of SHADOW GIRL

10.
Liana Liu (2011)
Shadow Girl [young adult]
HarperTeen

11.
Brian Malloy (2006)
Brendan Wolf
St. Martin's Griffin

Cover of FAILING THE TRAPEZE

12.
Susan V. Meyers (2004)
Failing the Trapeze
Southeast Missouri State University Press

13.
Scott Muskin (1998)
The Annunciations of Hank Meyerson, Mama's Boy and Scholar
Hooded Friar Press

Cover of CHILDREN OF GOD GO BOWLING

14.
Shannon Olson (1998)
Children of God Go Bowling
Viking

15.
Marsha Qualey (2008)
Venom and the River: A Novel of Pepin
Untreed Reads

Cover of FREEING VERA

16.
Elissa Raffa (1997)
Freeing Vera
Permanent Press

17.
Susan Rivecca (2003)
Death Is Not an Option: Stories
W. W. Norton & Company

Cover of The Peripatetic Coffin

18.
Ethan Rutherford (2009)
The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories
Ecco

19.
Amy Shearn (2005)
The Mermaid of Brooklyn
Touchstone

Cover of THIS IS THE NIGHT

20.
Jonah C. Sirott (2011)
This Is the Night [young adult]
Little A

21.
Yuko Taniguchi (2001)
The Ocean in the Closet
Coffee House Press

 

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