Fiction

The Culture |
February 12, 2015

Origami Prunes

In this exclusive excerpt from Barefoot Dogs, a fiction debut by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, a woman fleeing terror in Mexico City finds escape in an Austin laundromat.

Books |
January 20, 2013

Catcher in the Raw

Forty years after its publication, Horseman, Pass By is still one of Larry McMurtry's finest novels—and as groundbreaking as J. D. Salinger's masterpiece.

Sarah Bird |
June 30, 2011

Sink or Swim

In an excerpt from Sarah Bird's new novel The Gap Year, a single mom prepares to send her only daughter off to college. Guess which one is a wreck.

Feature |
April 30, 2011

The Peculiar Monument

In this exclusive excerpt from Remember Ben Clayton, a new novel by Stephen Harrigan, a sculptor meets a lonely rancher who has lost his son and needs something to remember him by.

Web Exclusive |
March 31, 2011

An Excerpt From Devil Red

Chapter 1 We were parked at the curb in Leonard’s car, sitting near a busted-out streetlight. We were looking at a house about a block up. It was a dark house on a dark street next to another dark house, and beyond that was an abandoned baseball field grown up…

Oscar Casares |
July 31, 2009

Therapy Room

An exclusive excerpt from writer-at-large Oscar Casares's forthcoming first novel, Amigoland…

Texquisite Corpse |
December 1, 2008

Twin Wells

The final chapter of “Twin Wells,” by Elmer Kelton.

Texquisite Corpse |
September 30, 2008

Twin Wells

Chapter Ten of “Twin Wells,” by Diana López.

The Culture |
June 30, 2008

How to Customize a Cowboy Hat

The Material A cowboy hat is a beloved possession: It fans fires, it blocks the rain, it gives shade—and it lends authenticity at any honky-tonk or greased-pig contest. But it’s also an extension of one’s personality, so commissioning one takes serious thought (and serious dough: from $300 to $1,500). The…

Texquisite Corpse |
March 1, 2008

Twin Wells

Chapter Three of “Twin Wells,” by David Searcy.

Feature |
April 1, 2006

Liftoff!

In this exclusive excerpt from Stephen Harrigan’s new novel, Challenger Park, a female astronaut confronts mommy-track issues on the way to outer space.