Synopses & Reviews
Responding to America's love affair with the short-short, editors Robert Shapard and James Thomas searched thousands of books and magazines to select these sixty stories--each under 2,000 words, each with its own element of surprise, whether traditional, experimental, humorous, moving, or magical. In the process they discovered both new talents and a wealth of celebrated writers, such as Jorge Luis Arzola, Aimee Bender, Teolinda Gersão, Romulus Linney, Yann Martel, Sam Shepard, and Tobias Wolff. Zdravka Evitmova conjures blood drops that cure any disease. Ian Frazier writes public relations for crows. Juan José Milás leads an amnesiac husband to an affair in the candlelit darkness of a cathedral with his wife. These tales told quickly offer pleasures long past their telling.
"It's a test of the reader's ability to fly." Charles Baxter
"It can do in a page what a novel does in two hundred." Mark Strand
A compelling array of short stories presents sixty tales, each under two thousand words, that represent a variety of genres and perspectives in works by Tobias Wolff, Sam Shepard, Aimee Bender, Jorge Luis Arzola, and other notable writers and new talents from around the world. Original.
All new, with more great writers than ever--these tales told quickly offer pleasures long past their telling.
An all-new volume--students and lovers of literature take note: this is serious writing that's fun to read.
About the Author
Robert Shapard teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Hawaii, and co-edited Flash Fiction Forward.James Thomas teaches literature and creative writing in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and co-edited Flash Fiction Forward.