short stories

Sudden Flash Youth

Editors: Christine Perkins, Tom Hazuka, Mark Budman
Publisher: Persea Books
Genre: Short stories
ISBN: 978-0-89255-371-6
Pages: 224
Price: $12.95

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Remembering the days of our youth can bring us joy or tears. Sudden Flash Youth is a compilation of some of the best flash fiction focused exclusively on childhood.

This book features classic gems like The Flowers and What Happened During the Ice Storm, and newer ones like Between Practice and Perfection and The Quinceañera Text. And there are a few edgier pieces focused on teen pregnancy, bullying and violence, that may have been a part of our past we’d prefer to forget.

Bold, brief stories capture the innocence of our childhood, as well as the darker sides of teen behavior. Most readers will relate to at least a few of these well-crafted tales. An enjoyable and thought-provoking read.

Reviewer: Alice Berger