Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer

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A story collection that proves less is more.

The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's possibly apocryphal six-word story—"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn"—to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them "hint fiction" because the few chosen words suggest a larger, ...

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Overview

A story collection that proves less is more.

The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's possibly apocryphal six-word story—"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn"—to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them "hint fiction" because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events. Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393338461
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 363,753
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Swartwood created the term
“hint fiction” and has held contests for it. He frequently blogs about short fiction on his Web site. He lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

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    I loved this book! The short yet entertaining stories are unlike anything I have ever read before. Hint Fiction was refreshing because it proves that a lot of fluff isn't necessary to make a story work. This would make a great gift this holiday season, even for those who aren't avid readers.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Will open your eyes and mind to short stories, I started thinking of my own story before I read 1/3 of the book, Can't wait to see the next book by Robert Swartwood

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