The 40 Best Books of 2016

The Great American Songbook, Sam Allingham (A Strange Object)
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The Great American Songbook, Sam Allingham (A Strange Object)

The debut short story collection from writer Allingham focuses on the complicated relationship we have with music. Some of the stories are funny and some are tragic, but all of them are beautiful — Allingham writes with a real sense of compassion, and his prose is self-assured, original, and, well, musical.