December 6, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer

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. 
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I loved this book!  The short yet entertaining stories are unlike anything I have ever read before.  Hint Fiction was refreshing because it proves that a lot of fluff isn't necessary to make a story work.  This would make a great gift this holiday season, even for those who aren't avid readers.

Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
November 1, 2010
188 pages
$13.95 US 

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.


  1. I read some 25 and 100 word fiction on the internet and really enjoy it. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy.

  2. These sound quirky. The ones I read were fun.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  4. I remember talking about Ernest Hemingway doing that in college. It would be interesting to see what this author does with it.

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  6. What a marvelously clever idea for a book!

    patricia [dot] mariani [dot] esq [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. can't wait to read this one!

    jsididia at gmail dot com

  8. This sounds so good.

  9. I've never heard of this before--it seems really strange. My cousin is trying to be a writer and this sounds like it'd be a good gift for him.

  10. i love to read, this book sounds good
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  11. These stories sound very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. What a good idea. I'd love to read this book.