Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories

Robert Shapard, Other G.M. Smith $16.95 (263p) ISBN 978-0-87905-248-5
The short fiction (each piece is one to five pages long) in this collection represents the richness and variety of American writers. A few are no longer contemporary (Hemingway, Malamud, Cheever), many are well established (Paley, Oates, Updike, Donald Barthelme, Ray Bradbury, Peter Taylor, Raymond Carver) and many are newer presences on the fiction scene. With a tiny ""frontisstory'' by Robert Coover, a lighthearted introduction by Shapard and afterwords about the short-short-story form by 40 outstanding American writers, the definition of what lies between as ``sudden fiction'' is well attended to. The 70 pieces themselveshighly compressed, often tantalizingdisplay a multiplicity of modes and derive from a variety of traditions. The collection presents a group of writers whose miniature stories do, indeed, as the editors suggest, ``confer form on small corners of chaos.'' (October 15)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
Paperback - 264 pages - 978-0-87905-265-2
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