Pieces: Collection of New Voices

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MTV has discovered the authors of tomorrow. Read them today in Pieces.
This unique short-story collection is more than a good read — it's an exciting glimpse into the future of fiction. The winners of MTV's "Write Stuff" competition share their voices and visions in tales that are endearingly raw, undeniably bold, and engagingly inventive.
In Next Time, a housewife encounters a gunman — an experience that changes her life, and her mind, in ...

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Overview

MTV has discovered the authors of tomorrow. Read them today in Pieces.
This unique short-story collection is more than a good read — it's an exciting glimpse into the future of fiction. The winners of MTV's "Write Stuff" competition share their voices and visions in tales that are endearingly raw, undeniably bold, and engagingly inventive.
In Next Time, a housewife encounters a gunman — an experience that changes her life, and her mind, in surprising ways...Pinball is an edgy tale of a young mail clerk's hidden sex life...After her broken engagement, a cook in New York goes to work for a chic SoHo couple in Roam...Mother captures the tragedy of a woman's illness, as witnessed through her daughter's eyes...In Day of the Dead, a humorously doomed relationship begins when a twentysomething's boyfriend returns from an Outward Bound trip and moves in with her...Two old high school friends reunite — and compare their very different lives — in Black Cowboy.
Along with other stories and an introduction by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Pieces is filled with the excitement of discovery — as a host of newcomers present their works to a wide and eager audience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671001957
  • Publisher: MTV Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 362,333
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed the feature film adaptation of his novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from the University of Southern California’s Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at Sundance Film Festival. He wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film adaptation of Rent; and co-created the post-apocalyptic television drama, Jericho. He also edited Pieces, a collection of short stories for Pocket Books. Follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenChbosky.

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INTRODUCTION

In the spring of 1998, I was working a temp job, and my boss hated me. I didn't particularly blame him for this, considering I stayed up all night writing and arrived every morning bleary eyed from lack of sleep between ten to fifteen minutes late as a result. When I finally did show up, if I wasn't using the Internet to check basketball scores or NFL draft picks, I was calling my friends and daydreaming of a time when I would not be crushed by poverty and debt. It was on a Thursday that my boss told me not to use the phone for personal calls anymore, even if I was using my calling card and even if he had nothing better for me to do. It was on a Friday that I "bent" this rule and received what would become my last personal phone call at that office. It was my friend Heather, and I only remember her saying one thing: "They want to publish your book, Steve."

I had learned not to get my hopes up. I had learned that in the great lottery of artistic chance, if you hear that the head of Pocket Books is going to read your manuscript by the end of the week, give her about three weeks, and don't be surprised if she says no. As a matter of fact, count on it, and then pick yourself up the next day and keep trying. Keep temping. Keep writing.

I stayed on that phone call (to the delight of my boss) for an hour and a half just to make sure that it was real-that someone, some-where wasn't playing some cruel joke. When I was finally convinced, I hung up the phone, all numb and smiles, and went to my boss's office.

"Sir, I'm sorry I was on a personal call, but here's the thing...That was Heather, who's dating my friend Chris, and she got it to Eduardo and Jack, who went to college with her, and they all created a grass roots campaign with Greer...and long story short...they're going to publish my book, [0671027344]The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

After he smiled and said a genuine congratulations, I went outside to enjoy the last ten minutes of my lunch hour. I was flying on so much excitement that I don't remember the walk, the elevator, who I saw, anything. All I remember is that it was cold as hell and windy, and I found myself a little corner next to the building near a courtyard where nobody would be inclined to look. There I let everything settle. I let all that adrenaline calm down. And I cried my eyes out.

I had been writing for a long time. I had made a movie. I had worked for Hollywood studios. But this was different. This was my book and my main character, Charlie, who meant the world to me. This was a singular wish. And someone out there had said yes.

I finished my work that afternoon. I put a rib dinner on American Express that night. And everything was right in the world. Ten months later, after another dinner, I went with my sister Stacy into a bookstore, and for the first time, I saw my book on the shelves. That green cover and picture of the boy's legs, my name, and the title. All I could say was, "There it is." I didn't know what would happen to it. I didn't know if anybody would read it. All I knew was that it was out there, and as long as it was out there, there was a possibility.

So, when Greer Kessel Hendricks, who is my editor and dear friend, asked me to write an introduction to this collection, all I could think about were the fifteen young authors whose stories appear in this book walking into their local bookstores with their friends and families and saying: "There it is."

Then, I thought about the possibility for them. And for you. And I congratulate all persons involved. Because whether you picked up this book because you love short stories, are interested in young authors, thought the cover looked good, or want to hate it, you have it. It's in your hands right now. And there is a possibility that somewhere in these pages, you may discover something special. Something honest. Well-crafted. Messy.

For a long time, I have thought about the great American authors and literary movements. I've wondered what made them different. What made them special. Was it hard work, drink, brash arrogance, ambition both personal and professional? Was it their belief in an honest sentence, their schooling, their culture? Was it time? Or was it simply that some publisher liked what he or she read and put it out there and let the readers decide for themselves?

I have looked for an answer to these questions as long as I've been writing because it is my hope that the writers of today and tomorrow will strive for such work along with the musicians, filmmakers, painters, sculptors, and all the other artists out there.

As difficult and breakneck as our society can be at times, it is my belief that we can have that community, and all it takes is someone creating something, someone else being willing to put it out there, and someone else being willing to look at it for what it is. That's where it all starts and where it all ends. It is you with this book in your hand, ready to turn the page to the first story and see what you think of it. And then turning the page to the next story and the next. With that one gesture, you will be a part of what may be a discovery. What may be a new movement. A new voice to celebrate. With that one gesture, you contribute to the belief that there is always hope in the young. And if you hate it, well, what the hell. There's always tomorrow.

--Stephen Chbosky
May 16, 2000

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Scoring 1
Polaroid 10
Day of the Dead 20
The White Carousel Horse 25
First Snow 34
The Carnival 43
Petty Theft 47
Next Time 70
Black Cowboy 79
Pinball 83
Roam 103
Mother 121
Respiration 128
A Fortune 135
Forbidden Fate 142
About the Authors 157
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    An Inspiration to Young Writers

    The book, Pieces, is a rather unique form of story telling. Each story has been written by someone different, but all edited by Chbosky, and each of the 15 stories is a nugget of gold. You can meet a child who loves to ride her favorite pony everyday in order to escape her family life at home. You can picture yourself at the Eiffel Tower in Paris as an on looker in the story, Polaroid, where everyone is connected to each other in a way. Every story is unique and special in its own way and always finds a way to grip you at the end wanting more. After reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I knew that this book would most likely be as special. But when I picked up the book at the store and saw that this was only edited by Chbosky, I did hesitate getting it for a second, but I¿m glad I did get the book. I recommend this book for teenagers and adults because there is at least one story that you are bound to love out of the 15. They are all interesting, and thought they weren¿t written by Chbosky, you can still see his influence on the story if you have read another book written by him. It¿s short, and pretty fast pace. This is a book worth the read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2000

    In love with this book

    When I heard that Stephen Chbosky was writing another novel I had to get the book. Then I found out that he only edited the stories, but I brought the book anyway. As soon as I read stories like, Fortune, Petty Theft, and Respiration I immediately fell in love with this book. This book inspired me to continue to write and hopefully get published.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2001

    ****

    This book changed my life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Booooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I haven't read it yet!!!!!!!! But, I have read the Perks.......

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Julia

    I am a human i like everything humans do but i am not a human so i lied !hello hello hello my ace ma my mello john wayne got nothing

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    Unpopular

    For something written by Chbosky, I am amazed that this only has 5 reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    Bad, sad, and uninspired

    Doesn't anyone write well anymore? These stories were trite. A major misstep from a line of books I really like. Chbosky, Goldberg, and Nersesian have raised the bar very high and these short stories by young writers fails to achieve much but how to be super self afflicted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    Can't say enough

    Kudos to the editors and publishers of this wonderful collection for giving young writers a forum to 'break in.' I plan to use several of these stories in my tenth and eleventh grade American literature classes. They are as good as many of the 'classic' stories I've come across in Best Of anthologies, the New Yorker, Esquire, etc... And they will show the aspiring writers in my classes that pursuing writing professionally is feasible with a little talent and a lot of persistence. William Clifford's 'Scoring', Michelle Rick's 'Next Time' and Dennis Dillingham's 'The White Horse Carousel' are particularly inspiring, and even show flashes of brilliance. I look forward to seeing more from them. --------------------------------------------- -------------

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