The Best Small Fictions

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The Best Small Fictions 2015

It takes many small things to make something big. Fifty-five acclaimed and emerging writers—including Emma Bolden, Ron Carlson, Kelly Cherry, Stuart Dybek, Blake Kimzey, Roland Leach, Bobbie Ann Mason, Diane Williams, and Hiromi Kawakami—have made the debut of The Best Small Fictions 2015 something significant, something worthwhile, and something necessary. Featuring spotlights on Pleiades journal and Michael Martone, this international volume—with Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler serving as guest editor and award-winning editor Tara L. Masih as series editor—is a celebration of the diversity and quality captured in fiction forms fewer than 1,000 words.

“The time is right for a Best of the Year anthology.”

~ Stuart Dybek, author of The Coast of Chicago and Ecstatic Cahoots

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The Chalk Circle

from Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc.

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The Chalk Circle

  • A 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year
  • Winner of a silver IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award
  • Winner of a 2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • New England Book Festival Runner-Up Award
  • A Teaching Tolerance Staff Pick Fall 2013

Twenty prizewinners are gathered for the first time in a ground-breaking anthology that explores many facets of culture not previously found under one cover. The powerful, honest, thoughtful voices—Native American, African American, Asian, European, Jewish, White—speak daringly on topics not often discussed in the open, on subjects such as racism, war, self-identity, gender, societal expectations. Their words will entertain, illuminate, take you to distant lands, and spark important discussions about our humanity, our culture, and our place within society and the natural world.

Includes extensive, in-depth discussion questions for book clubs and instructors, along with fun, challenging "NET assignments" for high school and college students; and an introduction by acclaimed writer David Mura.

Chalk Circle is a truly important book.”

~ Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winner and recipient of the Tu Do Chinh Kien Award

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Where the Dog Star Never Glows

"This is a stunning debut."
~ Gaijinmama, Yomimono

  • An Award-Winning Finalist, Best Books 2010 (from USA Book News)
  • A 2012 Untreed Reads Bestseller
  • A New & Noteworthy Book, January 2010
  • A Top 100 Best Book of 2010 on Goodreads, Dec. 2010
  • A Top 10 of 2011 on the Unabridged Chick blog
  • Jane's Stories Press Foundation Recommended Reading
“Each story in this collection . . . stands alone as a piece worth the price of the book.”

~ Debrah Lechner, Hayden's Ferry Review

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In this impressive debut collection, Tara Masih shows an intimate sense of understanding her characters' innermost feelings, creating a memorable map of diverse characters that span the globe and several eras. Ghosts dance, butterflies swarm, men crystallize, the sun disappears, and water plays a role in both destruction and repair of the soul. With an unflinching eye, a mythical awareness of the natural world, and poetic, crafted prose, Masih examines the dark recesses of the mind and heart, which often leads to a small or great triumph or illumination that will resonate long after the last page is turned.