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Flash Fiction (Cloth): Very Short Stories / Ed. by James Thomas. Hardcover – 1 Oct 1992

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. (1 Oct. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393033619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393033618
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,721,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In just a little more time than it will take you to read this paragraph you can sample any one of the seventy-two very short stories in this anthology of brilliant miniatures. Some of the selections have already become so-called 'modern classics, ' while many others deserve to become much more widely known. You can space out your reading of these epiphanic delicacies over a week or even months. Dear Browswer, I have to confess, I gobbled them up in a day!--Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio

Flash Fiction is fun. I loved the variety and surprise of these stories. They should spark great dinner conversation, class discussion, and perhaps inspire some marathon writers to sprint and see what happens. --Jerome Stern, author of Making Shapely Fiction

Flash Fiction is purely and simply a delight. Lots of stars are mustered here, but best of all for my money are the newer names and voices that speak well to and for the future. --George Garrett, Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing, University of Virginia

Flash Fiction is fun. I loved the variety and surprise of these stories. They should spark great dinner conversation, class discussion, and perhaps inspire some marathon writers to sprint and see what happens. --Jerome Stern, author of Making Shapely Fiction

Flash Fiction is purely and simply a delight. Lots of stars are mustered here, but best of all for my money are the newer names and voices that speak well to and for the future. --George Garrett, Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing, University of Virginia --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tom Hazuka has co-edited Flash Fiction and You Have Time for This, and other anthologies. He teaches fiction writing at Central Connecticut State University.

James and Denise Thomas live in Ohio, where he teaches at Wright State University.

James Thomas has received two NEA grants and a Stegner Fellowship; he lives in Xenia, Ohio. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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I’m a big fan of flash fiction. When executed correctly it reads as dense as poetry, offering the reader a different experience of prose altogether. Flash is also understandably a practice ground for many writers, being the perfect length for experimentation, and sometimes benefiting from the novelty of new directions being tested.

There are a few pieces in this collection that share these qualities, including Clasky’s dreamlike “From the Floodlands”, Joyce Carol Oates’ lustful “August Evening”, and Margaret Atwood’s fiction-cum-though experiment “Bread”. Sadly, many others seem plain and uninspired.

I was also under the impression flash fiction was something of a modern phenomenon, micro-writing to connect with the over-info-stimulated attention spans of a digital age. These stories were all copyrighted sometime between the 1950’s and 1990’s. That leaves me with the distinct impression of reading stories written without any specific model or market in mind, stories that don’t quite know themselves or what they are trying to be.

If you are looking for a more up-to-date, and more assured collection of flash fiction then I recommend Flash Fiction Forward, which is also edited by one of the editors of this volume, James Thomas. Not only does it have a greater depth of quality, but you get the feeling the fictions inside are the product of writers who know their aim and their audience far more clearly.

For this volume though, a plain-Jane three stars is just about fair.
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Every practicing artist knows that limitations can be inspiring, and the 75 artists gathered here offer an inspirational look at what can be done in the smallest of spaces. From Spencer Holst's perfect "Brilliant Silence", which opens the collection, through such masterworks as Allan Gurganus's funny-yet-wrenching "A Public Denial" & Bernard Cooper's enigmatic "The Hurricane Ride", to ending with Larry Fondation's eerie "Deportation at Breakfast", there isn't a runt in the litter. Frequently provocative, at times hilarious, and always satisfying, you simply won't get more bang for your book dollar than this anthology. Would-be practitioners of fiction take note: here's all the textbook you'll need. It's got it all: instruction AND delight.
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I like this very much - the stories are really short but there is a great range of genres and authors. I used this as source-material for my English class and, so far, the stories have been well received.
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My daughter was told to read this book as part of her university study and as I am beginning my journey into writing flash fiction myself it seemed a great place to start reading. I loved the majority of these stories and they are definitely worth a read if you have just started reading flash fiction or you want some great examples of how to write entertaining flashes of fiction.
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The tales are very very short but intense, in my opinion you will appreciate the contrast of beginnings and endings of each tale
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Excellent travel or bedtime reading; lots of lovely stories to dip in and out of; also great way to fead lots of different authors and maybe discover a new writer you'd like to read more of. Some of them are quite thought-provoking because they're so short. I love this for travelling particularly or at bedtime when I don't want to get stuck into something where I'm looking for the end of the chapter because I'm falling asleep.
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