All new, with more great writers than everâ€”these tales told quickly offer pleasures long past their telling. Responding to Americaâ€™s love affair with the short-short, editors Robert Shapard and James Thomas searched thousands of books and magazines to select these sixty storiesâ€”each under 2,000 words, each with its own element of surprise, whether traditional, experimental, humorous, moving, or magical. In the process they discovered both new talents and a wealth of celebrated writers, such as Jorge Luis Arzola, Aimee Bender, Teolinda Gersâ€śo, Romulus Linney, Yann Martel, Sam Shepard, and Tobias Wolff. Zdravka Evitmova conjures blood drops that cure any disease. Ian Frazier writes public relations for crows. Juan JosĂ© MilĂˇs leads an amnesiac husband to an affair in the candlelit darkness of a cathedral with his wife. Students and lovers of literature take note: this is serious writing thatâ€™s fun to read.