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New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond / Edition 1

New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond / Edition 1

by Robert Shapard, James Thomas
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An all-new volume—students and lovers of literature take note: this is serious writing that's fun to read.

Responding to America’s love affair with the short-short, editors Robert Shapard and James Thomas searched thousands of books and magazines to select these sixty stories—each under 2,000 words, each with its own element of surprise, whether traditional, experimental, humorous, moving, or magical. In the process they discovered both new talents and a wealth of celebrated writers, such as Jorge Luis Arzola, Aimee Bender, Teolinda Gersao, Romulus Linney, Yann Martel, Sam Shepard, and Tobias Wolff. Zdravka Evitmova conjures blood drops that cure any disease. Ian Frazier writes public relations for crows. Juan José Milás leads an amnesiac husband to an affair in the candlelit darkness of a cathedral with his wife. These tales told quickly offer pleasures long past their telling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393328011
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/22/2007
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 341,104
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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

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

Table of Contents

Editors' Note     13
Other Persons     21
A History of Everything, Including You     25
The Raft     29
The Red Fox Fur Coat     34
Loving the Dead     40
Powder     47
Water Names     52
Berlin Wall Piece     57
The Rememberer     63
Homage     68
Tomorrow's Bird     73
The Palmist     78
Blood     85
Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear     90
Footnote     95
We Ate the Children Last     101
My Lawrence     105
Feeling Good, Feeling Fine     111
Pompeii     117
Ma, a Memoir 122
Essential Things     127
Seven Pieces of Severance     131
The Wine Doctor     137
In Reference to Your Recent Communications     142
Following the Notes     150
The Minimalist     153
I Shot the Sheriff     159
Before the Train and After     164
Rosa Blanca     171
The Puppies     177
Before and Again     182
A Bad Joke     189
Consumed     196
Why Men Quit: An Intellectual Inquiry     201
Delicate Touch     206
Country Miles     212
Scroll     216
Swimming for Shore     222
Mud     229
Feelers     234
The Party     238
My Kid's Dog     244
Power Lines     251
Incarnations of Burned Children     255
Inclusions     259
Good, Brother     264
Reply All     268
Escort     277
The Gold Lunch     281
doughnut Shops and Doormen     288
A Piece of Sky     293
Stolen Chocolates     299
Juan the Cell Phone Salesman     305
Nap Time     310
Audio Tour     316
Paper Slippers     320
Crossroad     326
Determinants     332
How I Left Ned     336
Moscow     341
About the Authors     345
Credits     363

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New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JimElkins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book of "short-short stories," which the editor defines as stories under 2,000 words. The central question here is whether or not this is a genre. Some of the stories seem artificially compressed, as if their authors had to telegraph their thoughts to fit the word limit. Others, among the most successful, read like excerpts from longer stories or fragments of novels. (Joyce Carol Oates's is an example.) Quite a few use surreralist juxtaposition as a principal reductive strategy. Very few seem to be fully realized and optimal at their present length. So the collection is strained, and even aside from questions of quality, it does not work as a new sort of fiction. Unless whimsy, surrealism, or absurdism are sufficient organizational strategies, and unless aphorisms, epigrams, and prose poems are allowed in to the category of "short-short stores," then almost none of these work as independent forms.And then there's the question of quality. Very few of these are successful. Among the best: contributions by Peter Orner, Sam Shepard, Oates, Frederick Adolf Paola, Larissa Amir, Elizabeth Berg, Hon McNally, David Foster Wallace, and Donald Frame. Most of the rest are artificially compressed, arcane, trivial, raw and indigestible, whimsical but misguided, trite, rough-edged; or else they're carefully formed but ill-conceived -- they are poor parables or awkward allegories.
cannedhiss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A nice variety--some stories held my interest longer than others after I came to the end of the last sentence.I like to keep collections such as this one in the bathroom, where it's easy to read a few pages at a time, and absorb each story a little bit after reading it, as opposed to reading them (or too many) all at once.My favorites probably won't be your favorites, but maybe I'll come back and mention those later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago