Praise for Flash Fiction International

“These 86 stories are thrilling, illuminating jolts of wisdom. They wake us to another reality.”

—Samrat Upadhyay, author of Arresting God in Kathmandu


“Here’s a cure for our supposedly lagging attention spans, very very short stories from around the globe, by well-known writers (Sherman Alexie, Ana María Shua, Ron Carlson, Yasunari Kawabata, Etgar Keret) and a raft of lesser knowns. A brilliant demonstration that less can be more, and that readers can find entire worlds in a page or two.”

—Alan Cheuse, author of Prayers for the Living


“It takes a big map of the world, a pushpin stuck in place for each short short story, to appreciate the dazzling scope of Flash Fiction International.”

—Pamela Painter, author of Wouldn’t You Like to Know?


“In our demanding world, practical time for reading is limited, not so the time for imagining. If you care to read along, you may do so at random, responding to serendipity—always rewarding—or you may flow with these anthologists’ brilliant organization, which offers you a kaleidoscopic universe in evolution, revealing both the visible and the invisible, the macro hidden in the micro.”

—Luisa Valenzuela, author of Symmetries


“These sometimes brilliant, often cunning, always intriguing very short stories fit the moment, the Web, the world we live in now. A stunning flock of lovely and compelling pieces by wonderful writers from all over the world—it’s a remarkable and remarkably readable collection.”

—Frederick Barthelme, editor of New World Writing


“An illuminating world tour of literary bobby-dazzlers!”

—Bobbie Ann Mason, author of The Girl in the Blue Beret


“These bursts of illumination, some less than a page long—evoking shock, wonder, laughter, all with a tantalizing sense of completion—establish flash fiction on a global scale. An incomparable set of stories, this book is a new landmark anthology for the very short story form.”

—Jane Ciabattari, BBC book columnist


“This is the first major international anthology devoted to flash fiction—and it is very impressive. Rich, eclectic and of the highest caliber.”

—Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler, editors of Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, UK


“Tiny superb stories, no words wasted. And don’t miss the Flash Theory section at the end!”

—Susan Bernofsky, Director of Literary Translation at Columbia University


“Like the most diligent of cultural anthropologists, the editors of Flash Fiction International have sifted through centuries of micro art to record and then exhibit these enduring small stories, common in their humanity but culturally distinct in their presentations. This anthology is a gift to the literary community, an important contribution to the understanding of the flash species in all its variegated forms.”

—Tara L. Masih, editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction

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