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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 Gers'śo, 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. Students and lovers of literature take note: this is serious writing that's fun to read.
Table of Contents
|Editors' Note||p. 13|
|Other Persons||p. 21|
|A History of Everything, Including You||p. 25|
|The Raft||p. 29|
|The Red Fox Fur Coat||p. 34|
|Loving the Dead||p. 40|
|Water Names||p. 52|
|Berlin Wall Piece||p. 57|
|The Rememberer||p. 63|
|Tomorrow's Bird||p. 73|
|The Palmist||p. 78|
|Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear||p. 90|
|We Ate the Children Last||p. 101|
|My Lawrence||p. 105|
|Feeling Good, Feeling Fine||p. 111|
|Ma, a Memoir 122|
|Essential Things||p. 127|
|Seven Pieces of Severance||p. 131|
|The Wine Doctor||p. 137|
|In Reference to Your Recent Communications||p. 142|
|Following the Notes||p. 150|
|The Minimalist||p. 153|
|I Shot the Sheriff||p. 159|
|Before the Train and After||p. 164|
|Rosa Blanca||p. 171|
|The Puppies||p. 177|
|Before and Again||p. 182|
|A Bad Joke||p. 189|
|Why Men Quit: An Intellectual Inquiry||p. 201|
|Delicate Touch||p. 206|
|Country Miles||p. 212|
|Swimming for Shore||p. 222|
|The Party||p. 238|
|My Kid's Dog||p. 244|
|Power Lines||p. 251|
|Incarnations of Burned Children||p. 255|
|Good, Brother||p. 264|
|Reply All||p. 268|
|The Gold Lunch||p. 281|
|doughnut Shops and Doormen||p. 288|
|A Piece of Sky||p. 293|
|Stolen Chocolates||p. 299|
|Juan the Cell Phone Salesman||p. 305|
|Nap Time||p. 310|
|Audio Tour||p. 316|
|Paper Slippers||p. 320|
|How I Left Ned||p. 336|
|About the Authors||p. 345|
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