Friday, January 25, 2008


“Each of Claudia Smith’s short shorts is a tilted memory of love and loss […] There is a natural accuracy in these brief narratives; the stories are short; her voice is true.”
–Ron Carlson

Lyric and gritty, glowing and graceful, The Sky Is a Well & Other Shorts is a complex and compact collection from Claudia Smith, funny-sad master of the short short form. Evocative of places and times long gone or going, the ephemera of memory and emotion, youth and age, each story unfolds like a song on a concept album—the pieces can stand alone, but together they blend into a seamless whole you’ll want to hear again and again. The two-color letterpress covers of this beautiful chapbook were printed at the Museum of Printing in North Andover, Massachusetts, and each copy was saddle-sewn together by hand.

Although this edition is sold out, Claudia's book has been reprinted as part of A PECULIAR FEELING OF RESTLESSNESS, an anthology of four chapbooks of short short fiction by four women. Order it today!


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