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Sudden Fiction (Continued): 60 New Short-Short Stories

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Succinct, superior, surprising—it all adds up to Sudden Fiction (Continued), a stellar collection of sixty short-shorts from the editors of Sudden Fiction and Sudden Fiction International.
Remember Sudden Fiction International—that bounty of short-short stories from all over the world? Literary folks loved them. Students carried the book around with them. And people on the run found the length of each story (no more than 2000 words) perfect ...

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Overview

Succinct, superior, surprising—it all adds up to Sudden Fiction (Continued), a stellar collection of sixty short-shorts from the editors of Sudden Fiction and Sudden Fiction International.
Remember Sudden Fiction International—that bounty of short-short stories from all over the world? Literary folks loved them. Students carried the book around with them. And people on the run found the length of each story (no more than 2000 words) perfect respites from their busy lives.
Responding to America's love affair with the short-short, editors Shapard and Thomas consulted nearly two-hundred magazines and chose the sixty stories, written in English or translated, that they considered best. Ranging across countries and cultures, the selection includes a number of new stories from the Pacific Rim.
Well-known writers—William Maxwell, Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Mark Richard—join lesser-known writers—Molly Giles, Andrew Lam, Judy Troy—who will be (or should be) better known. Each story revels in its own element of surprise; each, whether traditional or experimental, proves that a tale told quickly offers pleasure long past its telling. Students and lovers of literature take note: this is serious writing that's fun to read.

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Editorial Reviews

Charles Baxter
“With the noise of the contemporary world increasing . . . and people trying to drown you with words alone, these stories have managed a neat trick: they put up and shut up.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These short-short stories (approximately 2000 words apiece) compiled by the editors of Sudden Fiction and Sudden Fiction International are fiction in a whirlwind. The authors maintain a fast pace and full, vivid characters and descriptions while keeping the stories masterfully short. It would be difficult to choose the best; all are outstanding in one way or another. There are some translations from Czech, French and Spanish that have the feel of oft-told folktales, and the more bizarre selections are interspersed with poignantly ordinary stories. Thomas McGuane's "War and Peace" is the tale of a friendship that cannot withstand change. A professor and student discuss Roman history from different points of view in "The Liberation of Rome" by Robin Hemley. In "Sundress" by Terese Svoboda, two vagrants set up housekeeping in a vacationing family's house, befriending the entire neighborhood, which much prefers them to the real owners. With contributions by Margaret Atwood, Alice Walker, William Maxwell and many others (those whose names aren't as recognizable certainly deserve notice), the collection is rich and variedperfect for reading in the hammock. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393313420
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 698,826
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Shapard directed the University of Hawaii MFA program and now lives in Austin, Texas.

James Thomas has received two NEA grants and a Stegner
Fellowship; he lives in Xenia, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

A Note from the Editors 11
My Life as a Bat 17
Underwater 22
Grandma's Tales 28
The Flowers 35
The Liberation of Rome 37
What He was Like 43
Sundress 48
Out on Bail 53
The Writers' Model 59
On the Rope 63
We Meet at Last 68
Flying 72
Alvin Jones's Ignorant Wife 75
The Unlikely Origin of Metaphor 79
War and Peace 81
Tergvinder's Stone 88
Videotape 90
Scheherazade 97
Jacob's Chicken 102
Deep End 105
Sister Francetta and the Pig Baby 111
The Flood 114
Doves 118
The Tablecloth of Turin 122
Where You Live Now 126
I Owned Vermont 131
The I is Never Alone 136
Sketch 139
We Bad 145
Relic 149
A Bar in Brooklyn 156
Blue Hair 161
Emiko's Garden 165
The Visitation 171
Cartography 177
The Fun House 181
Crossing to Abbassiya 187
To Be Horst 193
Ten Miles West of Venus 196
Dreaming Geronimo 202
Dead Weight 207
Waiting for the Broken Horse 211
The Monument 215
The Birthday Cake 219
That Changes Everything 225
The Senora 228
Graceful Exits 232
Flatland 235
Arnie's Test Day 240
F.O.B. Flicker 243
The Fish 247
A Simple Death 252
The Naked Lady 258
Murder, Mystery 265
Giving it Away 267
How One Becomes the Other 270
The Cranes 276
Symphony 280
Silver Arrows 284
The Cat was Dead 288
Notes on the Authors 293
Acknowledgments 307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2002

    Why did the cat have to die? Why couldn't it have been one of those dman whispering trees!?!

    If you love shrt stories that don't take a lot of thought to read, then this is our book! I recommend it for one soul purpose--"The Cat was Dead" by Glen Weldon! It is o hysterical! You will laugh and cry and it is so funny I broke a rib cuz i fell off of a rail while reading it!

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