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"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...more
Paperback, 85 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by White Pine Press (first published 2010)
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Tom
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...more
Tara
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."
Deb
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.
Kathy
Amazing book. Kim Chinquee is a quiet genius.
Claudia
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.
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Kim Chinquee's stories, flash fictions and prose poems have appeared in journals including The Nation, Ploughshares, 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 by Ravenna Press, and her collection of prose...more
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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

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