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There Is No Long Distance Now

Very Short Stories

Nye, Naomi Shihab

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
There Is No Long Distance Now
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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.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0062019678
9780062019677
0062019651
9780062019653
Branch Call Number: y NYE 2011
Characteristics: 201 p. ;,22 cm

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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 an... Read More »


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Jun 22, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The pious confidence of people who think they know “the truth” repels her. If only one could slap them with mysteries. . . .

Jun 22, 2012
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He likes the way he looks at the world when he is on duty. Life seems more manageable. No, he can’t solve global warming, emission overload, cancer. Yes, he can make sure the Frito bags from last night’s cheerleading rally in the parking lot are removed.

Jun 22, 2012
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She was thinking about prejudice, how it might begin so simply -- _they come from elsewhere, they don’t look the way I do_. Why did people want to match?

Jun 22, 2012
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His parents had divorced when he was in middle school, and it wasn’t so horrible. In fact, it was easier dealing with only one of them at a time.

Jun 22, 2012
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He could interpret his dad. And his mom, too. No prizes were given for this talent. No one sent you a scholarship because you had managed to negotiate the various depressions of two parents without being bumped too far off course yourself.

Jun 22, 2012
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Be in love with everyone you see. The heart is a bucket without a lid. Maybe he read it in a play. But it seemed to work.

Jun 22, 2012
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There was almost no way to escape having Mr. Ray, unless you had an allergy to frogs. Tall and bald, with one of those protruding stomachs on an otherwise beanpole frame, he had, by the fourth day of class, succeeded in hypnotizing even the most avid academics into a biological stupor.

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Jun 22, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

There's some fine writing in here, but, maybe not surprising in a collection of very short stories, it's a lot stronger on character than on plot. I found it frustrating reading so many sketchy, fragmentary pieces that seemed like they would be better fleshed out into something larger. My favourites were the ones that felt whole and complete on their own.

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