Fiction. Edited by John Colburn, Michelle Filkins, and Margaret Miles. In its most soulful incarnation, what actually transpires in the vastness of the northern plains? The forty-one short stories gathered for this collection, each less than 1,200 words, form a wide-rangingand occasionally confounding answer to this question. It's the middle of a long, hallucinatory winter, and you're writing a story. Anything can happen. Then it does. These are stories of loneliness, betrayal, ghosts, lost dogs, fantastic job applicants and men who want to light each other on fire. The thirty-nine authors explore the strobe-flash intensity of sudden fiction, beginning in medias res and ending at the edge of today's cliff. It's quite probably the feel-good book of the season, right down to the hummingbird cover. Contributors include Alan Davis, Dessa Wander, Diane Glancy, Jay Orff, Lon Otto, Pat Cumbie, Ray Gonzalez, Sun Yung Shin, and many more.