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All the Names They Used for God


by Anjali Sachdeva


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"One of the best collections I've ever read. Every single story is a standout."—Roxane Gay


"Fuses science, myth, and imagination into a dark and gorgeous series of questions about our current predicaments."­—Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
A dystopian tale about genetically modified septuplets who are struck by a mysterious illness; a love story about a man bewitched by a mermaid; a stirring imagining of the lives of Nigerian schoolgirls in the aftermath of a Boko Haram kidnapping. The stories in All the Names They Used for God break down genre barriers—from science fiction to American Gothic to magical realism to horror—and are united by each character's brutal struggle with fate. Like many of us, the characters in this collection are in pursuit of the sublime. Along the way, they must navigate the borderland between salvation and destruction.

NAMED A MUST-READ BOOK BY Harper's BazaarEntertainment Weekly AM New York AND A TOP READ BY ElleFast CompanyThe Christian Science Monitor
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    "Strange and wonderful . . . delightfully unexpected."—The New York Times Book Review

    "Completing one [story] is like having lived an entire life, and then being born, breathless, into another."—Carmen Maria Machado


    "Gripping."Los Angeles Review of Books
    "[A] remarkable debut . . . Sachdeva is seemingly fearless and her talent limitless."AM New York

    "This phenomenal debut short-story collection is filled with stories that bring the otherworldly to life and examine the strangeness of humanity."Bustle

    "So rich they read like dreams . . . They are enormous stories, not in length but in ambition, each an entirely new, unsparing world. Beautiful, draining—and entirely unforgettable."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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    Random House Publishing Group
    Spiegel & Grau
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    Anjali Sachdeva (Author)

    Anjali Sachdeva's fiction appears in The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, The Yale Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has taught writing at t...

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