Flash Fiction Forward by Robert Shapard
80 Very Short Stories

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The eagerly anticipated anthology from the editors who coined the term “flash,” with stories by today’s best fiction writers.

After publication of the first Flash Fiction anthology over a decade ago, “flash” became part of the creative writing lexicon for readers, writers, students, and teachers. In this follow-up collection, the editors once again tackle the question: “How short can a story be and truly be a story?” Determined to find the best flashes from America in the twenty-first century, James Thomas and Robert Shapard searched everywhere for stories that were not merely good but memorable. Moving, and certainly unforgettable, this collection includes stories from the best and most popular fiction writers of our time, including Ron Carlson, Robert Coover, Steve Almond, Amy Hempel, A. M. Homes, Grace Paley, and Paul Theroux. In addition, Rick Moody properly defines armoire, Lydia Davis delves into a world of cats, and Dave Eggers explores narrow escapes. Over and over, these stories prove that often less is more.

About Robert Shapard

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James Thomas teaches literature and creative writing in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and co-edited Flash Fiction Forward . Robert Shapard teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Hawaii, and co-edited Flash Fiction Forward .
Published August 17, 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company. 237 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jack Handey's darkly comic ""The Voices in My Head,"" Lon Otto's parable of debating sloths in Costa Rica and David Galef's hilarious ""My Date with Neaderthanal Woman"" provide laughs.

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A collection of 80 unforgettably dazzling short stories illuminates the pages with brevity, controlled precision, and creativity.

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