224 pp., 5.5 x 8.5
Flash Fiction by Sixty-five of North Carolina’s Finest Writers
This extraordinary collection gathers short-short stories--none longer than 1,800 words--by some of North Carolina's best contemporary writers, including Doris Betts, Orson Scott Card, Fred Chappell, Sarah Dessen, Haven Kimmel, Robert Morgan, Lee Smith, Elizabeth Spencer, and Daniel Wallace. The stories are compulsively readable. The spellbinding elements of brevity, variety, and surprise conspire to keep readers flipping pages. Comic, tragic, magical, fantastical, provocative, disturbing, luminous, the short-short form proves a reliably elastic and dazzling medium for every writer featured.
In one flash of literary artistry after another, these sixty-five established and emerging writers remind us why we read fiction: to laugh, to learn, to feel, to be discomfited and challenged, to be transported, and to make enlightening and enduring connections with the world outside our own skins. Long Story Short will appeal to legions of fans who already delight in reading many of the North Carolina authors included here and will introduce them to extraordinary writers they have not yet discovered.
Anthony S. Abbott
Amy Knox Brown
Orson Scott Card
Telisha Moore Leigg
Heather Ross Miller
Courtney Jones Mitchell
Joe Ashby Porter
"They are addictive, these little stories. Finish one, and you want to dive into the next."
"Extraordinary voices. . . . The best of these stories delight, shock and mystify but often require a retracing of steps, a closer look--with each rereading deepening our understanding."
An Oxford American Editors' Pick
"[Gingher is] a teacher and a writer who passes the torch."
"A concise, comprehensive, and compulsively readable collection of short-short stories. . . . Timely."—Art & Literature: the Literary Blog of Metro Magazine
"Never mind that no piece extends beyond 1,800 words--these chiseled diminutives somehow scale up, and the reader feels satisfied."
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