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THIS WEEK: Jef­frey Eu­genides re­leases his first book of short sto­ries – and we sug­gest the best col­lec­tions you may have missed

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Fresh Com­plaint Jef­frey Eu­genides (£ 16.99, 4TH ES­TATE)

Fans of Eu­genides ( The Vir­gin Sui­cides, Mid­dle­sex) know he’s ex­cel­lent at cap­tur­ing lives in flux – and in this, his first col­lec­tion of short sto­ries, writ­ten be­tween 1988 and 2017, he flexes that mus­cle fur­ther, with 10 vividly crafted tales of peo­ple in the midst of na­tional and per­sonal emer­gen­cies. While some char­ac­ters from his pre­vi­ous nov­els reap­pear, he also opens quick win­dows on the lives of peo­ple like 40-year-old Thomasina, who makes the de­ci­sion to ar­ti­fi­cially in­sem­i­nate her­self; Ken­dall, a failed poet who be­comes an em­bez­zler; and Mitchell, a love-lorn aca­demic search­ing for en­light­en­ment.

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