"In a way, all stories are about storytelling. Characters make up stories; they lie, or conceal the truth, and they latch onto things—knowing something is missing. Quick to embellish, they are likely to stretch things a bit, to tell listeners, 'Look, you won’t believe what happened to me. Do you have a minute? Boy, have I got a story for you, a whopper.'”—Leslee Becker on her collection of short stories, The Sincere Cafe
If, as author Leslee Becker asks, "you have a minute," browse through the collections of stories offered here. Keenly observed characters, exquisitely controlled language, well-honed irony, powerfully affecting drama—you'll find these qualities and more in the award-winning short fiction collections of Becker, Bill Oliver, Lindsey Crittenden, Ron Wallace, Lucy Ferriss, and Gregory Spatz.