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There Is No Long Distance Now: Very Short Stories

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In these forty life-altering, life-affirming, and extremely short short stories, the award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye proposes that no matter how great the divide between friends, siblings, life and death, classmates, enemies, happiness and misery, war and peace, breakfast and lunch, parent and child, country and city, there is, in fact, no long distance. Not anymore.

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Overview

In these forty life-altering, life-affirming, and extremely short short stories, the award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye proposes that no matter how great the divide between friends, siblings, life and death, classmates, enemies, happiness and misery, war and peace, breakfast and lunch, parent and child, country and city, there is, in fact, no long distance. Not anymore.

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VOYA - Dawn Talbott
In this collection of thirty-nine short stories, award-winning poet Nye gives very brief snapshots of the lives of various characters. The selections provide glimpses inside the existences of protagonists of both genders, as well as many characters of different ages, locations, and backgrounds. Because stories are limited to one thousand words, they are good for readers with limited time or short attention spans. A reader with more stamina can easily get through the book in a few hours. The stories, however, feel repetitive and a little unoriginal. They center on a character whose dad died, mom died, sibling died, dad left when they were young, or mom left when they were young. Although these are life-changing events, and reading about a character triumphing over this adversity makes a good tale, readers do not need thirty-plus entries with the same overall tone and plot in one collection, so readers who do choose to read the entire book may find themselves feeling like they are reading the same story again and again. Adding to the confusion, a few stories feature the same character but do not appear in the collection in chronological order, which makes it hard for readers to make the connections and follow the story. All in all, the stories are well written and do reflect a beautiful poetic style, but readers may feel a sense of deja vu if they choose to read the entire book. Reviewer: Dawn Talbott
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Short stories are usually just long enough to provide a basic story and the most basic of information about characters that will harness reader's attention. Nye was presented with a challenge to write short stories of a thousand words or less and has succeeded where so many short story authors fail. This collection of short stories features forty unique stories with only one repeat character appearing in the collection. Nye touches on various topics that young people face today, among them the death of a parent and the desire to leave home or cling to family. Though brief, each short story presents a captivating glimpse into the main characters life and leaves the reader wondering what happens next, but also oddly satisfied with the conclusion of the story. This makes a wonderful introduction to Nye's writing and is more than suitable for use in a class on short stories. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062019653
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 643,292
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet and anthologist and the acclaimed author of Habibi: A Novel and Sitti's Secrets, a picture book, which was based on her own experiences visiting her beloved Sitti in Palestine. Her book 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has taught writing and worked in schools all over the world, including in Muscat, Oman. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Five star winner

    Absolutely gorgeous collection. The prose glistens with poetic sound.

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