Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer
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... show more
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.
Publish date: November 1st 2010
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 188
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, Short Stories
My favorites, listed by author:- Joe R. Lansdale- Michael Martone- Barry Napier- Jennifer Haddock- Brian Crawford- Eric Hsu- L.R. Bonehill (awesome bio, too)- Ken Bruen- Kirk Curnutt- John Cashman- Robin Hollis- Ann Harleman- Agnieszka Stachura- Gregg Hurwitz- Jenifer Rosenberg- Stuart Dybek- Sarah ...
I read this in about an hour. It's fantastic--the entire time I was cringing or making sad faces or laughing or penning emoticons in the margins. I'm awed by how much the authors manage to convey in so few words. Some of the pieces in the "Love and Hate" section do fall flat, probably because it's h...
I had never heard of flash fiction or micro fiction or any of that other stuff before I read this little book. Hint fiction is apparently a new concept made popular by Robert Swartwood, the editor. He hosted a contest in which people had to submit stories that were 25 words or less with the full imp...
I was so inspired by this little anthology of stories told in 25 words or fewer that I decided to do a "hint review" Not quite sure how good it will come out but here we go:---------------------------------------------All of these stories have a sock-it-to-you quality that you may or may not get up...
Here's an example of Hint Fiction, the very first story in the book, a story by Joe R. Lansdale called "The Return": "They buried him deep. Again."And that's it. The whole story. Isn't that marvelous? The stories in this book flash like a lightning bolt across the sky of your head when you read th...