A unique collection: the only anthology of short-short stories to focus on youth.
In these stories of no more than 1000 words, well-known and emerging American authors spotlight crucial moments of change during coming-of-age. Their young protagonists face matters of great consequence, such as the death of a parent, unwanted pregnancy, and bullying, as well as lighter, if perplexing circumstances: how to hold a prom when being home-schooled; what to do when the babysitter suddenly sees the Rapture. The stories are of this moment--a girl who falls in love and then is pressured to lose her virginity in a cyberspace world--and they also remember the past: slavery, the 1950s, the Nixon era, the Vietnam War. Whether action-packed or meditative, realistic or fantastical, these brief stories brim with the vitality and intensity of youth.
Among the contributors are Steve Almond, Peter Bacho, Richard Bausch, Daphne Beal, Gayle Brandeis, Richard Brautigan, Ron Carlson, Kelly Cherry, Stuart Dybek, Dave Eggers, Pia Z. Ehrhardt, Jim Heynen, Meg Kearney, Anne Mazer, Naomi Shihab Nye, Maryann O'Hara,Pamela Painter, Sonia Pilcer, Bruce Holland Rogers, Robert Shapard, and Alice Walker.
Original trade paperback / $12.95 (Can.$15.00) / ISBN: 978-0-89255-371-6 / 224 pages / Short Stories / Anthology / Ages 15+