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Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer Kindle Edition
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.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0045Y23ZW
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (November 1, 2010)
- Publication date : November 1, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 170 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 193 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #820,142 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The book seemed too short—I wanted to read more of these tiny stories and the end suddenly appeared. Robert Swartwood is doing another hint fiction contest in April, 2019, and with the popularity of flash fiction these days I have to hope that there will be so many submissions that maybe (PLEASE), just maybe he will do another Hint Fiction book.
I've recommended this book to several like-minded people.
Some of the stories are distillations, others a denouement, still others anticlimax. But my favorites are the ones that reference other works like Nick Mamatas' Found Wedged In the Side of a Desk Drawer in Paris, France, 23 December 1989, which references Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
Hint fiction is an exciting new form and in a Twitter world of 144 characters or less, might be a genre whose time has come.
Top reviews from other countries
本書には2400以上の応募作品の中から厳選された 125編が、Part1：Life & Death、Part 2: Love & Hate、Part 3: This & Thatに分けられ掲載されている。勿論それぞれの物語は 25字以内だから、読者の想像力のみがそれらを「完成」させる訳だが、果たして読者の何人が、それなりの物語を紡いでいけるのだろうか？
Part 1: Why I don’t keep a daily planner (by Stace Budzko)
Written on his calendar on the day of my father’s death, these words: Call son.
Part 2: Checking in (by Jenn Alandy)
His wife calls while we are in the hotel room. “Yes, I’m enjoying time without the kids,”
he says. I stare at my feet.
Part 3: Hope (by Danielle Combs)
The little girl stretched up on her tiptoes as her mother scratched her height into the wall, reaching
for the emptiness above her crown.