By Robert Swartwood, Natalie McNabb
A tale assortment that proves much less is more.
The tales during this assortment run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, yet all of them have something in universal: they're not more than 25 phrases lengthy. Robert Swartwood was once encouraged by way of Ernest Hemingway's potentially apocryphal six-word story―"For Sale: child sneakers, by no means worn"―to foster the writing of those really short-short tales. He termed them "hint fiction" as the few selected phrases recommend a bigger, extra advanced chain of occasions. Spare and evocative, those tales turn out brilliantly honed narrative will be as startling and strong as a narrative of conventional size. The one hundred twenty five gemlike tales during this assortment come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, in addition to rising writers.
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Ryan, twiddling with fits Sophie Playle, For Her personal safeguard John Minichillo, the stern Professor Amber Whitley, another Toast Michael Kelly, 3000 grey Balloons in a vibrant Blue Sky L. R. Bonehill, Cull Peter Straub, The never-ending secret Joyce Carol Oates, The Widow’s First yr Katrina Robinson, vacationing Hours Edith Pearlman, Golden Years James Frey, the tip or the start J. Matthew Zoss, Houston, we now have an issue half 2 love & hate Nick Arvin, Knock Knock funny story Ben White, ahead of Perseus Robley Wilson, The Mall Min Jin Lee, In universal Jason Jordan, Take It Off Noel Sloboda, Divorce Papers Don Lee, belief Jonathan Carroll, Fooled back Ken Bruen, Noir shock Brendan O’Brien, ready Kirk Curnutt, Afterglow David Joseph, Polygamy Joe Schreiber, growth Jason Rice, Philip John Cashman, One Month Too quickly Robin Hollis, Chaste Christina Kopp, Blessing homosexual Degani, Betrayal Ann Harleman, Reunion James Burt, Rapunzel Christoffer Molnar, Jermaine’s Postscript to His Seventh-Grade Poem project Bruce Harris, Play Ball okay. J. Maas, Silence Jenn Alandy, Checking In Sue Williams, Tryst Tess Gerritsen, The Lover’s remorse Adam-Troy Castro, likelihood assembly on the coverage place of work J. J. Steinfeld, the precise expense of the younger Couple’s approaching marriage ceremony Tara Deal, Engagement Chris Compson, Processional Val Gryphin, Insomnia Marcus Sakey, The Time ahead of the final David Miller, The Password Samuel J. Baldwin, Untitled Douglas Clegg, chilly, chilly middle Lewis Manalo, My Mother’s Kisses Agnieszka Stachura, Temptation Sarah Lyons, The Date John Connors, Pillow speak Gregg Hurwitz, harm invoice Graffius, A Corporeal dawn Rachel Lopez, Discovery Ryan W. Bradley, After He Left, earlier than the Exultation Randall Brown, treatment puppy Jessa Slade, the opposite aspect of the Door Merrilee Faber, Love Is without end half three this & that Frank Byrns, speaking of Michelangelo David Joseph, Mein Führer Robin Rozanski, Tongue Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz, declare David Hirsch, Paroling Charles Manson Jeremy D. Brooks, exhibit and inform Ha Jin, excellent Stephen Dunn, The Amputee Kelly Spitzer, unfastened firm Yvonne Brockwell, Knives and males Minter Krotzer, Dickie Shanna Germain, Noah’s Daughter Jenifer Rosenberg, Plainclothes Mabel Yu, Witness Andrea Slye, fortunate Stephen Dunn, hour of darkness within the Everglades Frank Byrns, Assimilation David Erlewine, Telling Danielle Combs, desire Stuart Dybek, Ransom Ty Miller, A Dignified function Marshall Ryan Maresca, Reminder Roxane homosexual, The Copper Miner’s unhappy unhappy tune Nada Faris, Twelve Years of kin secrets and techniques Jess Row, A Quiet American Jack Kilborn, Chuck Gary A. Braunbeck, condo looking Natalie McNabb, View from a ’77 Chevy Scottsdale Sarah P.