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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

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Arsenic Soup For Lovers

Arsenic Soup
Author: Georgia Z. Post
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction / Short stories
ISBN: 978-0-595-42307-1
Pages: 62
Price: $8.95

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If you’re used to the sweetness of the Chicken Soup books, you won’t find any of that in Arsenic Soup for Lovers. In fact, you may be shocked at the behavior of some of these married folk.

In this collection of very short stories, Georgia Z. Post reminds us that not all romances are happy. But these zany couples take revenge to extremes when they realize they want out. Plotting intricate ways to kill off their significant others, they will do whatever it takes to get free.

Witty, surprising, and full of twists, Arsenic Soup for Lovers is a fast and enjoyable read for those who like quirky and unusual humor.

Reviewer: Alice Berger