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Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories Kindle Edition
This collection is packed with rewarding reads, and a number of prizewinning gems worth studying for their voice, their tickle and their ache; there's a healthy mix of emotional precision, subtle insight and ambiguous dark humor. What you discover in these hard-hitting, unapologetic prose pieces is how challenging it is to craft and refine impactful small fictions.
50 short, concise stories from Bob Thurber, award winning writer, acclaimed master of the short form, and the author of "Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel." Fine examples of powerful prose in a small space.
Many of these "small fictions" were written during his 20 year apprenticeship, and later published. A number of the selections have been utilized as teaching tools in schools and colleges. If you enjoy small 'bite-size' stories, or are a fan of micro-fiction and flash fiction, you'll appreciate these sharply written, miniature creations from a "masterful wordsmith."
"Duck Walk", which ended up being one of my favourites, is a look at the lengths to which we will go in evading difficult conversations."Three Days of Mourning" is followed by a note on the anatomy of the story, which breaks down each sentence to define its structural purpose.
There are stories that relate the strain of a broken relationship or a cheating partner, and others that paint troubled childhood memories. Some must surely be autobiographical; others must just as surely be fiction. One of the stories is even about a cricket infestation. There is a considerable diversity in this collection, but every story shares the same keen eye for detail and the pared-down preciseness that cuts like a blade.
-- The Indiscriminate Critic
About the Author
-- Born in 1955 and raised in abject poverty, Bob made it through high school by the skin of his teeth. He spent the next twenty years working menial jobs while teaching himself to write. During that long apprenticeship, he studied and worked at writing nearly every day, refining his skills, before submitting his work for publication.
-- Since then, his remarkably concise stories (which he refers to as "small fictions") have found homes in numerous magazines, including Esquire, appeared on hundreds of websites, and received numerous awards, among them The Marjory Bartlett Sanger Award, The Meridian Editors' Prize, and The Barry Hannah Fiction Prize. He made Esquire's top-ten list in the magazines 78th anniversary short Fiction contest and has been nominated for numerous Pushcart Prizes.
-- A recognized "pioneer in the Micro and Flash crafts" he is considered a "grand master" of the form, and his stories are frequently utilized in schools and universities in the US and abroad as teaching tools and examples of concise prose.
For more information visit: BobThurber.net
- ASIN : B00BLKT33I
- Publication date : February 25, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 255 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 85 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #98,442 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I particularly enjoyed:
the opening story - Lord Have Mercy
Deathbed Notes of an old Queer Priest.
The Cricket War (which I swear I've read somewhere else, but can't remember where)
Rooms for Rent, Men Only.
and the last - Quarter of Midnight
Great Stuff! Definitely worth the time!