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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Civil Coping Mechanisms (February 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937865061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937865061
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying, the nameless first-person narrator suddenly becomes a father to his five-year-old son, a previously unknown consequence of a one night stand, after the boy's mother dies. Through a string of separate but related stories that take place over the course of a year, the narrator struggles in this newfound relationship and every other relationship in his life. Comprised of 115 single-paragraph vignettes, the novel concisely captures the complexity of the human heart and delivers a moving tale of a father coming to terms with himself." -Gina Myers in Front Psych

"Not unlike burning through an entire season of some show available on Netflix because you are compelled so by the characters and by your own want, to know them, to understand them, to see how it all works out." - tinyprivatejet, via Land of Gazillion Adoptees

"I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying is about caring for others when you can't manage to care for yourself." - David Plick, Down and Out

"So bold and yet so intriguingly elusive." - Peter Tieryas Liu, HTMLGIANT

"Salesses is a practitioner of the art of flash fiction who created 115 short works that each have an interior narrative arc and also come together as a novel." - Celeste Sollod, Baltimore Style

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Backley on March 2, 2013
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You MUST read I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying by Matthew Salesses. It's amazing. I don't know how someone can fit so much power and depth into so few words. His writing is masterful. I love it. Buy this book.

When you're done and you want more, check out his novella The Last Repatriate.

I think this author is going to be huge someday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian P Gilman on April 3, 2013
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I had never read a "flash novel" before; I'm going to keep reading them now. Short, poetic vignettes -- neither an extra word nor an extra syllable is used -- and yet Salesses paints pictures of homes, emotions and interactions that pop to life. The world in this book is simple yet complicated, happy yet sad, infuriating yet understandable. A great work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StoneBarnReader on May 6, 2013
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Surprising and powerful, the story that unfolds in these short pieces challenges notions of parenting and partnerships, the definition of family and responsibility. There are uncomfortable moments throughout, an unease with the assumptions so easily made about ties that bring us together and keep us together. The sense of fragmentation in these short pieces only makes the reader work harder to understand what we bring to the page as readers as we try to make sense of this 'family' of the wifely woman, the boy, the narrator. The language is lyrical, turning on itself like a prism in light. So many different ways to read a line to make meaning one way or the other. I plan to reread it many times, gaining a different experience each time.
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I never really read flash fiction, not because I didn't like them, but because I never really knew much about the genre, and never liked reading on the internet since a lot of it is published online. For those who are familiar with Nouvella authors, you would probably know who Matthew Salesses is. The extra S's in his last name is kind of scary, I keep feeling like I'm missing one.

So the story of this novel is about a guy whose life gets flipped around, when a boy who claims that he is his son walks into his life. The son's mother was a woman he had a one night stand with, who recently passed away, hence is why the boy ends up looking for him. He seems to be an unfaithful man because he has affairs with other woman while he is in one relationship. All of the woman who he knew are called by their description and not by their names like 'the Asian girl', 'the white girl', and 'the wifely woman'.

So the plot centers around the man's life on his decision, should he get rid of all the other woman and be a father, and keep his job that he probably hates. He always seems to be so confused of what to do, because he's so used to aimless deeds. He soon gives up everything just for the boy, whom he slowly grows affection for despite misunderstanding his odd behaviours and shares his culture with him, the father is an Korean American and the boy is half white and Korean, and seems to have no connection with his Korean culture. The man grows connected to the boy after spending more time with him.

What is most intriguing about this book is the writing style, but that's mostly because I've never read flash fiction or even poetry that often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A. Mun on April 9, 2013
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This was my first flash novel, and I wasn't quite sure I would like it. I loved it. Each page was like a snapshot in time, but with a rare depth of emotion and clarity. I am looking forward to reading more from the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noah Spamm on October 5, 2014
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A really good book, with well-drawn characters. Stayed with me long after I'd finished reading it.
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More About the Author

Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea at age two. He is the author of THE HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD (Little A/Amazon, August 2015). Other books include DIFFERENT RACISMS (essays) and I'M NOT SAYING, I'M JUST SAYING (a novel). He has written for NPR Code Switch, The New York Times Motherlode blog, Salon, the Center for Asian American Media, The Good Men Project, The Rumpus, Glimmer Train, PEN America, and many others, and has received awards from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Glimmer Train, Mid-American Review, PANK, HTMLGIANT, Emerson College, Inprint, and the University of Houston.

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