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Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories Paperback – July 17, 1992
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“Flash Fiction is fun. I loved the variety and surprise of these stories. They should spark great dinner conversation, class discussion, and perhaps inspire some marathon writers to sprint and see what happens.” (Jerome Stern, author of Making Shapely Fiction)
“Flash Fiction is purely and simply a delight. Lots of stars are mustered here, but best of all for my money are the newer names and voices that speak well to and for the future.” (George Garrett, Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing, University of Virginia)
Top Customer Reviews
Here is what you will see while your eye remains open, in a quick instant of bright color and imagined sound, or sweet fragrance, just sensed before it is gone, or sudden stink, or a momentary sensation across your skin, like the tickle of a feather, or the flavor of something, something, you can't quite place what, on your tongue that reminds of you someplace, someplace, you've been a very long time ago:
"The Burlington Northern, Southbound" by Bruce Holland Rogers...who writes a poem to Christine about the exhiliration of catching a moving train, wind, banged up knee, rhythm, blood rush, and compares it to how he feels about her, and waits for her answer...
"Subtotals" by Gregory Burnham... list of totals that comprise a life, nothing but a list, nothing but totals...number of refrigerators I've lived with, 18... number of gray hairs, 4... number of times wished I was dead, 2... number of light bulbs changed, 273... number of times born again, 0... number of times I forgot what I was going to say, 631...
"Space" by Mark Strand... a beautiful woman stands at the roof-edge of a highrise building, teetering, readying... and a man on the roof of the next building calls out to her... he calls out hope, a dinner proposal, a promise of better days, a marriage proposal... to this woman he does not know, the wind blowing strands of her dark hair across her lovely face... as he contemplates that space, that space between, him, her, the pavement, life, death...
Don't blink. There are 72 of these instant technicolor visions before you can blink again.
The Corporal by Carolyn Forche, I first read as a prose poem. This story speaks strongly to the mentality behind repressive governments - a theme strong in much of Forche's work.
Girl by Jamaica Kincaid is a story that shows the creativity of Kincaid (best illustrated by At the Bottom of the River) that speaks in an unusual way to the relationship between a girl and her mother ... and her mother's expectations.
Bread by Margaret Atwood may not exactly be a narrative but again it is a strong piece regarding social justice in a variety of forms.
Subtotals by Gregory Burnham is an interesting evaluation of life by enumeration - a clever idea well executed that left me less than satisfied.
The Haircut by Mary Morris is a story in which non-verbal communication in an intimate relationship is well used; still I found the story only interesting.
Spencer Holst's Brilliant Silence is a brilliant story of dancing bears deserted by their owner but still dancing.
Richard Shelton's The Stones is another brilliant story built on a premise of stones having life of a sort.
Adrienne Clasky's From the Floodlands explores a setting so wet that one can drown in the air, that the sky and the sea merge as the horozin fails to delinate the line between them.
Other tales may catch your attention; there is sufficient variety that nearly everyone should fine some stories to their liking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The contents were, for the most part, scenes, not stories. Flash fiction should be story telling, not bits of wonderful prose, that takes one from point A to point A.Published 1 month ago by Richard A. Herman
Great collection of flash fiction. Started loving the writing style because of this book! You won't regret buying these tasty niblets of literature and reading them over and over. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Caleb Daniel Ramsier
I use this in my curriculum for my flash fiction class! Tom Hazuka is the flash master! Get a copy! Excellent collection!Published 8 months ago by Meg Tuite
Great stories in a few words. Pendergast's Daughter is my favorite. Seemingly so simple yet I keep thinking about it, from all the layers of complexity, nuance and the history of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by jexmas
I have read a lot of these compilations, in both fiction and non-fiction genres. I found this one really mediocre. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ROGUE
Many of the stories are very dark and depressing. Not what I expected when I ordered the book.Published 11 months ago by M. Parson