Barbara Harroun is an Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University. Her most recent work is forthcoming in San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, Lunch Ticket, The Rusty Toque, Black Sun Lit, the Kudzu Quarterly Review, Slipstream, Madrid: Journal of Contemporary Literature, The Circus Book, and freeze frame fiction. Her favorite creative endeavors are her awesome kids, Annaleigh and Jack. When she isn’t writing or teaching, she can be found walking her beloved dog, Banjo, reading, engaging in literacy activism, cooking or running.
Book reviewers, given their title, generally review novels, short story collections, nonfiction, biographies, memoirs, essay collections, and just about any bound set of pages that can be placed on a shelf. Since books require a dedication of time, reviews serve the purpose of helping readers choose their next book. Short stories, full pieces of work with a beginning, middle and end, can be read in anywhere from a few minutes to almost assuredly less than an hour at most. Because of this, there is not a high demand or need for short story reviews, but to change things up, that is exactly what will follow. The New Yorker is viewed as the pinnacle of short story publications to many writers, and it certainly is the most prestigious venue for short fiction. Instead, of advising whether or not readers should spend a small amount of time reading the stories that appear in each weekly edition, the following write-ups are meant to be a sort of reference tool for writers to showcase why these stories were accepted when the overwhelming majority of submissions miss the cut.
“Five Arrows” by Heinz Insu Fenkl - August 3rd, 2015
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