Navigating by Stars: 24 Very Short Stories of Love & Longing
Microfiction is deceptive. It seems simple to tell a story in a few dozen words, or a few hundred. But it’s not simple. There is a true art to building a believable, immersive world in a page or two, giving the reader not just a glimpse of a greater, grander narrative, but a complete reading experience from start to finish.
The fact is… there are a lot of books of microfiction (or short short stories, or nanofiction, or whatever you want to call them) out there, and most of them are unsatisfying. They’re teases, incomplete and frustrating.
The stories collected in Navigating by Stars, in contrast, are marvelous exercises in efficiency. Every word matters, mined for maximum impact. These are epic, emotional journeys condensed into diamonds, sharp and glimmering. From people questioning their circumstances to those making climactic decisions, these tales are stolen moments of honesty, of love, of heartbreak, and of joy, and even if you wish there was more of each story, you never feel cheated or shortchanged. Each narrative is whole, rich and flavorful.
Navigating by Stars can be devoured in one sitting, or savored over many. Either way, you’ll enjoy.
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|Author||Mark Russell Gelade|
|Page Count||94 pages|
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|Category||Poetry & Short Stories|