Your Smallest Bones: Stories

Your Smallest Bones: Stories

by Sean Taylor


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Your Smallest Bones: Stories by Sean Taylor

Your Smallest Bones is a collection of short fiction built on the sounds we make when we run out of sounds. Can you hear them yet? All you have to do is help an ex-lover push a grand piano out onto a frozen lake. You have to break both of your thumbs in perfect symmetry to grow up. You have to bind mattresses like books, with all the classics penned to them, just to get some sleep. You heard them with the smallest bones, inside your inner ear. Somedays, there is perfection in the quiet of your hands pressing play on the braille love letters of a blind man. Somedays, life sounds like an earthquake detector while you're in the shower. Then you hear your neighbors sounds. On the day of her husbands funeral, a woman recreates a stick-up from her favorite western. The sound of an eccentric marriage nearly lost to the mislabeling of coconut juice. Or in a tea garden after a conversation with a child, a man finds heaven as he timidly describes hell. Can you hear it now? Across town when a pianist loses his hearing, he paints the color spectrum along his piano keys to regain his favorite lost notes. Meanwhile, a girl next door carries a prayer, from the lions she feeds, into a song, for a parrot she adopts. These stories play the out-stretched gasp, they play the shiver, the hope whisper, and the buckling fear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578152981
Publisher: Seventh Tangent
Publication date: 11/20/2014
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Sean Taylor has published fiction in Pantheon, Instant City, The Evergreen Review, The Coe Review, Full of Crow Fiction, and was nominated for The 2012 and 2014 Pushcart Prize. His first collection Everything to do with You was published by Seventh Tangent in 2010. His second collection titled Your Smallest Bones will be released February 2015 on Seventh Tangent Press.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting and heartwarming read. The short fictional stories remind me to appreciate the small things in life, and reading them brought a smile to my face. All the characters and the stories that revolve around them are unique and yet relatable. I find that kind of occurrence rare in books and kudos to the author for managing to do so.