A story collection that proves less is more. The stories in
this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic,
conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in
common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert
Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's possibly
apocryphal six-word story—"For Sale: baby shoes, never
worn"—to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short
stories. He termed them "hint fiction" because the few
chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events.
Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly
honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story
of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this
collection come from such best-selling and award-winning
authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and
James Frey, as well as emerging writers.