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

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Robert Swartwood
W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 1, 2010 - Fiction - 192 pages
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A story collection that proves less is more.

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.
 

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User Review  - melissarochelle - LibraryThing

Read on November 26, 2011 I picked this up during Borders last days. I was intrigued by the idea of a complete story in less than 25 words. The stories are a bit of a partnership between the author ... Read full review

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User Review  - CBJames - LibraryThing

Ernest Hemingway has long been credited with writing the shortest story ever, six words--For sale: baby shoes, never worn. Six words that suggest an entire family drama, one probably, but not ... Read full review

Contents

Jane Hammons The Land with No Air
39
Samuel J Baldwin Bigger Than It Looks
52
Brian Crawford The Day After
53
Nicky Drayden Pushover
59
Camille Esses Peanut Butter
65
John Minichillo The Strict Professor
68
Katrina Robinson Visiting Hours
74
Nick Arvin Knock Knock Joke
81
Sue Williams Tryst
105
Val Gryphin Insomnia
111
Marcus Sakey The Time Before the Last
112
Jessa Slade The Other Side of the Door
125
Frank Byrns Talking of Michelangelo
129
Ha Jin Ideal
135
Jenifer Rosenberg Plainclothes
141
Mabel Yu Witness
142

Robley Wilson The Mall
83
Robin Hollis Chaste
96
Ann Harleman Reunion
99
Gary A Braunbeck House Hunting
155
Sarah P Miller Working for Mom
157
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About the author (2010)

Robert Swartwood created the term “hint fiction” and has held contests for it. He frequently blogs about short fiction on his Web site. He lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

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