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Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer Paperback – November 1, 2010
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“Some of these stories suggest entire novels in just few words. So, in this small book, you have a whole library. It’s reading at the speed of light.”
- Robert Shapard, editor of Sudden Fiction and Flash Fiction
“The perfect story collection for all of us with too little time on our hands is a brilliant reminder of the magic that happens when you string the right words together. A must-read for anyone who is or wants to be a writer.”
- Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of House Rules
“The stories in Robert Swartwood's Hint Fiction have some serious velocity. Some explode, some needle, some bleed, and some give the reader room to dream. They're fun and addictive, like puzzles or haiku or candy. I've finished mine but I want more.”
- Stewart O'Nan, author of Last Night at the Lobster
About the Author
Robert Swartwood is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Serial Killer's Wife, The Calling, Man of Wax, and several other novels. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Daily Beast, Wigleaf, and PANK. He created the term "hint fiction" and is the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. Visit him online at robertswartwood.com.
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Some of the stories are distillations, others a denouement, still others anticlimax. But my favorites are the ones that reference other works like Nick Mamatas' Found Wedged In the Side of a Desk Drawer in Paris, France, 23 December 1989, which references Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
Hint fiction is an exciting new form and in a Twitter world of 144 characters or less, might be a genre whose time has come.