Join Karen Thornton every first Sunday of the month for a short story. The short story plays a supporting role in our literary world. It’s the sidekick, the little sister, the novel’s shadow. I’ve read and heard people speak of the short story as “practice” for a “full-length work,” as if short fiction is inherently incomplete and the novel somehow isn’t.

Maybe short stories are undervalued because we mistakenly believe that they are easy to write and to understand. People mistakenly believe a short story can be whipped up with little effort. Keeping the story concise is difficult because you need to decide what’s truly essential to the (re)telling. There is no time for a slow burn. You need to get to the heart of the matter quickly, and as artfully as possible.

This is where Karen Thornton selects a collection of Short Stories for you – all well presented.

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