By Stephen Chbosky
(MTV Books, Paperback, 9780671001957, 176pp.)
Publication Date: August 2000
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This unique short-story collection is more than a good read -- it's an exciting glimpse into the future of fiction. The winners of MTV's "Write Stuff" competition share their voices and visions in tales that are endearingly raw, undeniably bold, and engagingly inventive.
In "Next Time, " a housewife encounters a gunman -- an experience that changes her life, and her mind, in surprising ways..."Pinball" is an edgy tale of a young mail clerk's hidden sex life...After her broken engagement, a cook in New York goes to work for a chic SoHo couple in "Roam...Mother" captures the tragedy of a woman's illness, as witnessed through her daughter's eyes...In "Day of the Dead, " a humorously doomed relationship begins when a twentysomething's boyfriend returns from an Outward Bound trip and moves in with her...Two old high school friends reunite -- and compare their very different lives -- in "Black Cowboy."
Along with other stories and an introduction by Stephen Chbosky "(The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Pieces" is filled with the excitement of discovery -- as a host of newcomers present their works to a wide and eager audience.
Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed the feature film adaptation of his novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from the University of Southern California’s Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at Sundance Film Festival. He wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film adaptation of Rent; and co-created the post-apocalyptic television drama, Jericho. He also edited Pieces, a collection of short stories for Pocket Books.