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Boundless Deep, and Other Stories

Winner of the Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction

Longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize

  Boundless Deep, and Other Stories is a portrait of a family that holds together despite everything. By turns introspective, surreal, and bitingly funny, this collection of linked short stories spans seven decades across Japan and the United States and shows the tenacity of relationships fractured by language and distance.

Del Raye’s brilliant debut ... will keep readers captivated until the end.

Booklist (starred review)

“A fabulous debut by a writer to watch.”

Public Books (2023 Public Books Pick)

“With the emotional precision and imagery of a poet, and the nimble ear of a translator, Del Raye’s prose is charming, surprising, and abundant in empathy.”

—Cecily Wong, author of Diamond Head and Kaleidoscope

Available from the University of Nebraska Press,, and others.


Gen Del Raye (廣江 弦) is half Japanese and was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. His work has appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2017, Best New Poets 2019, Poetry Northwest, The Gettysburg Review, and others. He won the 2018 Force Majeure Flash Contest, the 2018 Up North Poetry Prize, and the 2018 Great Midwest Poetry Contest; received the 2023–25 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship and 2023 McKnight Artist Fellowship; and was nominated for the Best of the Net (2016) and the Pushcart Prize (2018, 2021). He received his MFA from Hamline University and currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. You can read an interview of him in Water~Stone Review.

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