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

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

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by Robert Swartwood (Editor)
 

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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

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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, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Robert Shapard
“Some of these stories suggest entire novels in just few words. So, in this small book, you have a whole library. It’s reading at the speed of light.”
Jodi Picoult
“The perfect story collection for all of us with too little time on our hands is a brilliant reminder of the magic that happens when you string the right words together. A must-read for anyone who is or wants to be a writer.”
Stewart O'Nan
“The stories in Robert Swartwood's Hint Fiction have some serious velocity. Some explode, some needle, some bleed, and some give the reader room to dream. They're fun and addictive, like puzzles or haiku or candy. I've finished mine but I want more.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393338461
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
188
Sales rank:
589,307
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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Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
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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mobofficer More than 1 year ago
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