Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pretty” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


4.8 of 5 stars 4.80  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"There is always a roiling subtext beneath the seemingly placid surfaces and tones of Chinquee's pieces, a dichotomy which speaks to deep truths about the human condition. Kim Chinquee is a true artist with a true vision, and Pretty is a brilliant book."—Robert Olen Butler

"These brief snapshots of conversations manage to seem not like fragments of lost wholes but like vivi
Paperback, 85 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by White Pine Press (first published 2010)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Pretty, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Pretty

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 53)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I keep reading books that I haven't listed as "to-read," but I'm glad, again, that I didn't let that list dictate too much what I'm reading.

I should say, too, that a long time ago, back in the twentieth century, Kim Chinquee was a student of mine, but I can say with certainty that the writer she is now has very little to do with the classes she took from me. And even had I just discovered this book and not known a bit about the author, I'd still be saying the same thing: Pretty is far more than
Not quite sure how this ended up on a poetry list, for me it is flash fiction. But however it is presented, I couldn't say it better than Carl Dennis did on the back cover: "Though each snapshot is complete in itself, the book gathers mass and momentum and so achieves a singular power."
More beauties from Kim. I think what I like the best is her sly sense of humor. And the accumulated voice that gathers over the pages.
Amazing book. Kim Chinquee is a quiet genius.
I love these shorts; I've been a big fan of Kim Chinquee's short flashes for years. Perhaps what I like most about reading her collections is how these pieces inform one another, how all the pieces are facets of a beautiful narrative. When I finished this collection I wanted to go back and read it again, from the beginning. Pieces like "Girl" and "Twister" hit me like shots. She is a master.
Saskia marked it as to-read
Apr 19, 2015
Jerrod marked it as to-read
Dec 20, 2014
Laurie added it
Aug 25, 2014
Daniel Shapiro
Daniel Shapiro marked it as to-read
Mar 04, 2014
Brandon marked it as to-read
Jan 25, 2014
Kathy marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2013
Joe marked it as to-read
Sep 19, 2013
Ipsith marked it as to-read
Jun 20, 2013
Jon marked it as to-read
Jan 20, 2013
Anastasia marked it as to-read
Nov 14, 2012
Olga added it
Oct 29, 2012
Erin added it
Jun 12, 2012
Dana added it
Jun 19, 2011
abcdefg marked it as to-read
May 24, 2011
Kathryn Houghton
Kathryn Houghton marked it as to-read
May 23, 2011
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Kim Chinquee's stories, flash fictions and prose poems have appeared in journals and anthologiesincluding The Nation, Ploughshares, Storyquarterly, Indiana Reveiw, Noon, Denver Quarterly, Conjunctions, Mississippi Review, New Orleans Review, Fiction, Willow Springs, and several others. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a Henfield Prize. Her collections OH BABY, and PISTOL were published ...more
More about Kim Chinquee...
Oh Baby: Flash Fictions and Prose Poetry Like It Was Her Place (chapbook) First Year : an mlp anthology Pear Noir! (#5) Hobart 9: The Games Issue

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »