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The People We Used to Be: A Flash Fiction Collection Kindle Edition
An old woman, with the help of a neighbor and a terrified dog, challenges a young punk disturbing the peace.
A middle-aged woman confronts a former lover as he holds her at gunpoint.
A boy learns the meaning of true friendship as a baseball game takes a terrifying turn.
A runaway searches for her own face among a wall of Missing posters.
Some of the characters find the strength to move forward while others struggle to just move on. Old. Young. Grieving. Lost. Alone. Smart. Funny. Tough. They are us.
This collection of 17 stories contains both new and previously published work. It includes "Hungry," winner of the Writer Advice 6th Flash Prose Contest and "A Quarter for Your Thoughts," winner in the Published Flash Fiction category of the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Awards, 2008.
- ASIN : B00G7QXOKO
- Publication date : October 25, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 272 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 42 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,729,139 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Another of its difficulties is finding the write metaphor, the right simile, the right analogy to describe an action or a feeling in the best and only way it CAN be described--at least within the context of that particular story.
Ms. Mora-Summonte has overcome these difficulties with ease--or so it would appear. Truth be known, however, writing good flash fiction is not an easy task for anyone. It's just that Ms. Mora-Summonte makes it LOOK easy. And that's the mark of a good writer.
She also has an uncanny ability to peer into the hearts and souls of men and women who are much older than she is, as well as men and women whose lifestyles are far different from her own. That means she has an abundance of empathy and compassion. She also has the skill, the patience, and the perseverance that good craftsmanship requires.
And if that's not enough, Ms. Mora-Summonte also knows how to create an emotion-snagging turn of phrase. To wit:
"Looking on the bright side all the time must hurt your eyes."
"Gram's mind continues to crumble ... flaking as if a fingernail scrapes against her memories."
"He moves down the sidewalk like a tired breeze."
"Shoulder blades fragile as moth wings."
"A ferocious blue-eyed gaze."
"The air was damp and smelled sharp and green."
If you like flash fiction, you'll love this collection.
In “A Quarter for Your Thoughts” a waitress tries to be optimistic in the face of a cynical world. In “Weekend Escapes” a woman sees an old postcard at a garage sale. The history of the card leads her to ponder the decisions she’s made in her life.
Not all the protagonists here are honest, decent people and some of the stories must come straight from “that private darkness” Mora-Summonte mentions in “Rooted in the Past.”
The rich language contributes to the stories’ emotions and appeal. In one story a character looks back on seeing the ocean for the first time as a young woman:
"It was so big. Made me feel so big, you know? It’s not supposed to work that way; it’s supposed to make you feel small. Not me. Made me feel…powerful. I coulda done anything."
In another story, a disheveled dog looked, “…like the fluff and stuff a person scrapes out of a dryer’s lint trap.”
The stories are flash fiction, which generally means a story from 50 to 1,000 words, depending on who is defining the term. These stories range from two to about seven pages, long enough for Mora-Summonte’s (mostly) sympathetic characters to ponder their life’s challenges and short enough to be economical with words and still deliver that emotional punch at the end.
This is a fantastic collection. The writing is brilliant, and it's mind-boggling that the author was able to create so many full-bodied stories with such a restricted word count. Flash fiction at its finest.
I recommend it to anyone who writes or aspires to write flash fiction. Worth every penny.