YEAR IN REVIEW

Alta’s Best Fiction 2019

Fiction came to the pages of Alta this summer. Our debut featured Peter Orner’s “Above Santa Cruz,” a story he included in his collection, Maggie Brown & Others. Our Fall 2019 issue featured “The Gnome,” a new story by Ander Monson that will be included in his forthcoming collection, The Gnome Stories

Fiction came to the pages of Alta this summer. Our debut featured Peter Orner’s “Above Santa Cruz,” a story he included in his new collection, Maggie Brown & Others. The book was longlisted for the Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize and named a Notable Book by the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Our Fall 2019 issue featured “The Gnome,” a new story by Ander Monson that will be included in his forthcoming collection, The Gnome Stories. Monson is the award-winning author of eight books and directs the MFA program at the University of Arizona. Upcoming issues will include short stories by Susan Straight and Dagoberto Gilb, among others. In the meantime, do you have a favorite West Coast fiction writer you’d like to see in Alta? Email letters@altaonline.com with your suggestions. 

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Above Santa Cruz

From the author of Maggie Brown & Others comes a new short story involving a dilapidated mansion, Lizzie Borden, and a feeling of existential loneliness.

By Peter Orner

ILLUSTRATION BY VICTOR JUHASZ

The Gnome

This new short story from Ander Monson’s The Gnome Stories is about looking for the things that are hard to see, even if we’ve walked past them 10,000 times. 

By Ander Monson