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Matt Bell, How They Were Found

Matt Bell’s debut collection of short fiction covers abundant ground, from the fairy-tale deconstruction of “Wolf Parts” to the imploded tale of crime and punishment contained in “Dredge.” Bell’s fiction is taut and surreal, and the best stories in this collection — such as “Hold On To Your Vacuum,” with its structure somewhere between dream and video game — seem both classical in their approach and utterly modern in their sensibility.