Synopses & Reviews
How short can a story be and still truly be a story? This volume of 75 very short fictions, none more than 750 words in length, demonstrates that less can be more. Here are short pieces by masters such as Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, and Tim O'Brien, as well as fiction by newer talents.
" is fun. I loved the variety and surprise of these stories. They should spark great dinner conversation, class discussion, and perhaps inspire some marathon writers to sprint and see what happens." Jerome Stern, author of Making Shapely Fiction
Flash Fictionis fun. I loved the variety and surprise of these stories. They should spark great dinner conversation, class discussion, and perhaps inspire some marathon writers to sprint and see what happens. '"Jerome Stern, author of Making Shapely Fiction
"In just a little more time than it will take you to read this paragraph you can sample any one of the seventy-two very short stories in this anthology of brilliant miniatures. Some of the selections have already become so-called 'modern classics,' while many others deserve to become much more widely known. You can space out your reading of these epiphanic delicacies over a week or even months. Dear Browswer, I have to confess, I gobbled them up in a day!" Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio
" is purely and simply a delight. Lots of stars are mustered here, but best of all for my money are the newer names and voices that speak well to and for the future." George Garrett, Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing, University of Virginia
"These stories are not merely flashes in the pan; there's pay dirt here!" --DeWitt Henry, editor of
About the Author
Tom Hazuka has co-edited Flash Fiction and You Have Time for This, and other anthologies. He teaches fiction writing at Central Connecticut State University.James and Denise Thomas live in Ohio, where he teaches at Wright State University.James Thomas has received two NEA grants and a Stegner Fellowship; he lives in Xenia, Ohio.
Table of Contents
Brilliant silence / Spencer Holst -- Pumpkins / Francine Prose -- The stones / Richard Shelton -- The one sitting there / Joanna H. Wos -- Crossing Spider Creek / Dan O'Brien -- The lampshade vendor / Allen Woodman -- Roseville / William Heyen -- Pendergast's daughter / Lex Williford -- Ponderosa / Kent Thompson -- Gold coast / Stuart Dybek -- Mr. Mumsford / Larry French -- From the floodlands / Adrienne Clasky -- A public denial / Allan Gurganus -- 232-9979 / Carol Edelstein -- The father / Raymond Carver -- Love poems / Lon Otto -- Night / Bret Lott -- Mandy Shupe / Kristin Andrychuk --Wedding night / Tom Hawkins -- The Appalachian Trail / Bruce Eason -- Dinner time / Russell Edson -- Vision out of the corner of one eye -- Luisa Valenzuela -- I get smart / Pamela Painter -- True love / Don Shea -- The colonel / Carolyn Forche -- Snow / Julia Alvarez -- Everything is green / David Foster Wallace -- Draft horse / Michael Delp -- Corporal / Richard Brautigan -- Subtotals / Gregory Burnham -- Fingers / Gary Gildner -- Nadine at 35 : a synopsis / Jo Sapp -- Feeding the hungry / Roland Topor -- Dish night / Michael Martone -- Grace period / Will Baker -- The haircut / Mary Morris -- Vines / Kenneth Bernard -- How to touch a bleeding dog / Rod Kessler -- Girl / Jamaica Kincaid -- The Burlington Northbound, southbound / Bruce Holland Rogers -- The cage / Heinrich Boll -- The restraints / Robert Hill Long -- Blackberries / Ellen Hunnicutt -- A continuity of parks / Julio Cortazar -- The paring knife / Michael Oppenheimer -- The widow / John Updike -- What happened during the ice storm / Jim Heynen -- Teddy's canary / K.C. Frederick -- The nicest kid in the universe / Chuck Rosenthal -- The parents / Kelly Cherry -- Water / Fred Leebron -- Stockings / Tim O'Brien -- The hurricane ride / Bernard Cooper -- A moment in the sun field / William Brohaugh -- The philosophical cobbler / Scott Russell Sanders -- Corners / Sheila Barry -- Space / Mark Strand -- Fear : four examples / Gordon Lish -- The last parakeet / Kate McCorkle -- Snapshot, Harvey Cedars : 1948 / Paul Lisicky -- August evening / Joyce Carol Oates -- The factory / Mary Dilworth -- The sewers of Salt Lake / Francois Camoin -- Jane / Steven Molen -- Offerings / Marlene Buono -- Bread / Margaret Atwood -- Yogurt / Ronald Wallace -- A chronicler's sin / Pavao Pavlicic -- Here / S. Friedman -- Here's another ending / Diane Williams -- 108 John Street / Mark Halliday -- Deportation at breakfast / Larry Fondation.