'I love short stories because you can read one in an hour and it will stay with you for life. I love them because they are deceptively simple to read when in actual fact they are extremely difficult to write. I love that in a short story a writer has to be exacting, has to use exactly the right words to say exactly the right thing. I love most of all that they are so focused when it comes to subject matter.
In a world obsessed with the bigger picture and what happens next, I love that almost subversively in the short story you are forced to view everything in close up. Often the narrative arch of a short story will turn on such a small axis something as huge as a novel would just swallow it up. Its like an act of mindfulness in prose form. Potent stuff!
Carleen Peters, Marketing Executive, Virago
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