July 2013 In Books: What Bustle Staffers Are Reading This Month

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"I’ve been captured by Ben Stroud’s extraordinary story collection Byzantium. It is, at times, mind-numbing what Stroud can do with the form: the power he can extract from it, the way he can transport with it, and how he can establish worlds both near and far, in both place and time, with fortitude that rivals any novel. That the book is a debut is almost laughable; I stop and wonder how it’s possible to evoke on such a spectrum without having lived about eight prior lives." — Meredith Turits

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