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New Sudden Fiction

Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond

Robert Shapard (Editor), James Thomas (Editor)


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An all-new volume—students and lovers of literature take note: this is serious writing that's fun to read.

Responding to America’s love affair with the short-short, editors Robert Shapard and James Thomas searched thousands of books and magazines to select these sixty stories—each under 2,000 words, each with its own element of surprise, whether traditional, experimental, humorous, moving, or magical. In the process they discovered both new talents and a wealth of celebrated writers, such as Jorge Luis Arzola, Aimee Bender, Teolinda Gersao, Romulus Linney, Yann Martel, Sam Shepard, and Tobias Wolff. Zdravka Evitmova conjures blood drops that cure any disease. Ian Frazier writes public relations for crows. Juan José Milás leads an amnesiac husband to an affair in the candlelit darkness of a cathedral with his wife. These tales told quickly offer pleasures long past their telling.

Praise For New Sudden Fiction: Short-Short Stories from America and Beyond

It’s a test of the reader’s ability to fly.
— Charles Baxter

It can do in a page what a novel does in two hundred.
— Mark Strand

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393328011, 368pp.

Publication Date: January 17, 2007

About the Author

Robert Shapard directed the University of Hawaii MFA program and now lives in Austin, Texas.

James Thomas, coeditor of all the Flash Fiction anthologies, lives in Xenia, Ohio.