Hint Fiction · An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer

Hint Fiction · An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer

Authors
Swartwood, Robert,
Publisher
W. W. Norton Company
Tags
anthologies, writing, poetry,
ISBN
9780393340228
Date
2010-11-01T00:00:00+00:00
Size
0.21 MB
Lang
en
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The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's possibly apocryphal six-word story—"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn"—to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them "hint fiction" because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events. Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.