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“One of the best collections I’ve ever read. Every single story is a standout.”—Roxane Gay
WINNER OF THE CHAUTAUQUA PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE STORY PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR Refinery29 BookRiot
“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 Bazaar Entertainment Weekly AM New York Reading Women AND A TOP READ BY Elle Fast Company The Christian Science Monitor Bustle Shondaland Popsugar Refinery29 Bookish Newsday The Millions Asian American Writers’ Workshop HelloGiggles
“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)