|About the Book|
Why is it that the short story seems to have acquired a reputation as the poor stepchild to the novel? Yet, in this ADHD, helter-skelter world it’s a wonder there is even time to digest a good novel of real import anymore. I mean- read ‘War and PeaceMoreWhy is it that the short story seems to have acquired a reputation as the poor stepchild to the novel? Yet, in this ADHD, helter-skelter world it’s a wonder there is even time to digest a good novel of real import anymore. I mean- read ‘War and Peace’ lately? No, I didn’t think so. How many times have you deigned to start a novel and then never been able to finish it, unable to get deep enough into it to discover the writer’s most salient point , placed somewhere beyond page 500? That’s why I’m a fan of the short story genre. I prefer to think of it more as the ‘fine brandy’ of literary tradition, its prose distilled to its purest essence- something which can be thoroughly appreciated in measured, satisfying sips!Now, don’t get me wrong- I love a good novel too, but each has its place. Think of the times you could be enjoying something a little more concise- on that morning or evening commute- in the boring waiting room- those enforced quiet times waiting for the kids to go to sleep- lunch times too short to do much of anything. Those innumerable, fragmented parcels of time scattered through your life are perfectly suited for a more modest ration of literary escape. The compact offering of a short story is the welcome antidote to the time-pressures which so dominate our modern lives.In ten cent stories, you’ll find ten good, short stories with memorable characters. And, like that proverbial box of candy, no two are quite alike. Meet Harry the non-descript actuary who can’t help but over-indulge in his daydreams. Follow the fisherman as his inadvertent, serendipitous discovery changes the drift of his life. Roll down C-Wing in the nursing home with octogenarian mutineers. Learn why Berty the former diplomat now prefers to live homeless on the street. You get all that and more, just for ninety-nine cents. Then, you can save that big novel for your summer vacation at the beach!