by Vasika Udurawane
Flash Fiction International:
Very Short Stories from Around the World
W W Norton & Company (Paperback)
April 2015 (288 pp)
The joy of reading an anthology is that one never knows what to expect. I certainly did not know what to expect when I received a copy of Flash Fiction International, but I ended up enjoying every minute of it.
The book has stories by eighty-six great writers from around the world, one story per writer. I had no clue what flash fiction was at first. However when I read through this wonderful selection of stories and authors I began to appreciate the beauty of the short story in what I take to be its purest and most stripped-to-basics form. Plenty of praise goes out to the editing team for making this selection.
For a start, the title of the book is strong and direct, as are the individual story captions.