There Is No Long Distance Now: Very Short Stories

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In these forty life-altering, life-affirming, and extremely short short stories, the award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye proposes that no matter how great the divide between friends, siblings, life and death, classmates, enemies, happiness and misery, war and peace, breakfast and lunch, parent and child, country and city, there is, in fact, no long distance. Not anymore.

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Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet and anthologist and the acclaimed author of Habibi: A Novel and Sitti's Secrets, a picture book, which was based on her own experiences visiting her beloved Sitti in Palestine. Her book 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has taught writing and worked in schools all over the world, including in Muscat, Oman. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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In 40 short stories, each 1,000 words or less, award-winning poet Nye introduces characters dealing with difficult life situations. There’s Margo, whose parents’ divorce feels as if it came out of the blue; Jane, whose father, reeling from the death of his wife, restlessly moves his daughter from one European city to the next; and Liyana, who learns over e-mail that her friend is in an Israeli jail. A few characters reappear intermittently, and careful readers will enjoy piecing together the connections. Nye sets her short stories in the U.S. and abroad, and her characters run the gamut from Texas natives to immigrants facing prejudice in this country. Current events are important to the narratives; news of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and protests in Jerusalem, for example, reach her characters via newspaper, e-mail, and TV. With prose that reads like poetry, Nye’s powerful book can be savored story by story over time or devoured in one sitting. This offers a unique perspective on today’s teenagers, who are growing up in an increasingly troubling, and increasingly small, world. Grades 9-12. --Ann Kelley

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