Pieces: A Collection of New Voices

I practically devoured Pieces: A Collection of New Voices, an anthology that contained bite-size fiction from the winners of MTV’s “Write Stuff” competition. These fifteen mental snacks came in all shapes and sizes, tackling one interesting subject matter after another, and each having its distinctive flavor.

My favorites among them were “Polaroid” (written by Matthew Loren Cohen), a virtual walk in and around the Eiffel Tower replete with characters loosely intertwined; “The White Carousel” (written by Dennis G. Dillingham, Jr.), a touching story about a little girl’s connection with a particular carousel horse; “Petty Theft” (written by Martin Wilson), a snapshot into the life of a convenience store clerk; “Pinball” (written by Jason Rekulak), a mall employee’s sexual escapade leaves a lasting impression; “Respiration” (written by Chandra Steele), a social worker makes one final visit at a case; and “Forbidden Fate” (by Sujata DeChoudhury), a tale about an arranged marriage, a bride-to-be, and how we all ultimately have some control over our lives.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoy fiction on-the-go.

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3 Responses to “Pieces: A Collection of New Voices”


  1. 1 Cliff Burns April 3, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Always interesting to see what the young, up-and-coming writers are preoccupied with these days. Sounds like an interesting offering. Have you read any short stories by Jim Shepard and George Saunders? Those guys are the masters, as far as I’m concerned…

  2. 2 jonsquared April 3, 2008 at 10:26 am

    @ Cliff Burns – Thanks for visiting my blog, and for your suggested authors. I will check them out. 🙂


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