• Possibly Forty Ships (Fast Fiction)

    • Jul 19, 2014 •

    Epic story telling and heroism unravel as a survivor of The Trojan War tells it as it really was. Was Helen a beauty, did the Greek fleet sink, was there really a war at all? Questions that provoke a brilliantly entertaining exploration of truth.

    Epic story telling and heroism unravel as a survivor of The Trojan War tells it as it really was. Was Helen a beauty, did the Greek fleet sink, was there really a war at all? Questions that provoke a brilliantly entertaining exploration of truth.

  • Weather (Fast Fiction)

    • Jul 19, 2014 •

    First published in Carol Shields’s acclaimed collection Dressing Up for the Carnival. A couple’s life is thrown into utter chaos when The National Association of Metereorologists go on strike – what will they wear? What will they eat?

    First published in Carol Shields’s acclaimed collection Dressing Up for the Carnival. A couple’s life is thrown into utter chaos when The National Association of Metereorologists go on strike – what will they wear? What will they eat?

  • Ugly (Fast Fiction)

    • Jul 19, 2014 •

    Originally published in the collection Faithless, in Ugly Joyce Carol Oates dissects the psyches of ordinary people and their potential for good and evil with chilling understatement and lasting power, a bitterly angry young woman defines herself as ugly as a way of making herself invulnerable to hurt, and in so doing hurts others.

    Originally published in the collection Faithless, in Ugly Joyce Carol Oates dissects the psyches of ordinary people and their potential for good and evil with chilling understatement and lasting power, a bitterly angry young woman defines herself as ugly as a way of making herself invulnerable to hurt, and in so doing hurts others.

  • The Lesson (Fast Fiction)

    • Jul 19, 2014 •

    Originally published in Gentleman’s Relish, this is a classic Gale story of sweetness and sadness and a portrayal of the everyday flaws of human life.

    Originally published in Gentleman’s Relish, this is a classic Gale story of sweetness and sadness and a portrayal of the everyday flaws of human life.

  • The Deep (Fast Fiction)

    • Jul 19, 2014 •

    Set in Detroit during the Depression, Doerr tells the affecting story of Tom, meant to die of a weak heart before he is 18, who is cossetted by his mother, but shown a world of possibilities by the flame-haired Ruby.

    Set in Detroit during the Depression, Doerr tells the affecting story of Tom, meant to die of a weak heart before he is 18, who is cossetted by his mother, but shown a world of possibilities by the flame-haired Ruby.

  • Life by Accident (Fast Fiction)

    • Jul 19, 2014 •

    A rich couple without children; young lovers building their future in a smog-filled city: fragile hopes and losses are carefully etched in this haunting interweaving of lives in modern China.

    A rich couple without children; young lovers building their future in a smog-filled city: fragile hopes and losses are carefully etched in this haunting interweaving of lives in modern China.

  • Comma (Fast Fiction)

    • Jul 19, 2014 •

    An unnerving and hauntingly written tale about two young girls from markedly different backgrounds who share a terrifying secret one long, hot summer about the inhabitants of the local big house.

    An unnerving and hauntingly written tale about two young girls from markedly different backgrounds who share a terrifying secret one long, hot summer about the inhabitants of the local big house.

  • Fuck Being Happy (Fast Fiction)

    • Jul 19, 2014 •

    Capturing the toughness of young lives and love, this tale changes direction when a farm worker with a new family to feed loses his job , revealing a life-changing secret and his wasted talent in a world where he doesn’t fit.

    Capturing the toughness of young lives and love, this tale changes direction when a farm worker with a new family to feed loses his job , revealing a life-changing secret and his wasted talent in a world where he doesn’t fit.