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A collection of literary short stories and flash fiction, many set in New Orleans, with four previously unpublished stories, including The Depreciation of The Darbonnes.
Paperback, 98 pages
Published August 10th 2009 by Rank Stranger Press (first published 2009)
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Jacob
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Confession: I’m a bit skeptical about flash fiction. I like my stories with some meat on ‘em. 1-2 pages really don’t do anything for me; I’m usually left wondering really? That’s it? Eh...

But I like free things, and I like books, and I especially like free books, so lately I’ve been signing up for giveaways (story collections, mostly) on GoodReads. A title like Twenty Stories is hard to miss, although when I won the contest I looked it up and discovered that Twenty Stories was more like Five St
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Caleb Ross
(this review originally appeared at Outsider Writers Collective)

At page one, “The Dead Redhead,” I was curious.

At page ten, “Traveling Lightheaded,” I was intrigued.

At page twenty-seven, “The Stranger’s Dilemma,” I fell in love.

Twenty Stories (Rank Stranger Press) beautifully enhances my admittedly limited perception of flapper-era New Orleans, from the speech (“Merci, Mr. Zacher”) to the eats (“Shrimp Remoulade”) to the drink (wine, wine, and more wine), carrying all upon prose as elegant as it
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David Lummis
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kristin Fouquet is a native New Orleanian whose twenty stories are set in her hometown, so it's not surprising that her tales often involve loss and rebirth. In her three-quarters-of-a-page-long Baptism, she expresses the surreal sense of shock and release wrought by the flood. In the page-long Faithful Still, she explores the exhaustion of passion and the boundaries of monogamous devotion. Coursing with music, the four-page Blue No More marks the death of a romantic fantasy perhaps leading to s ...more
Ken
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I concur with Caleb Ross' review of Twenty Stories. Ms. Fouquet's tales grow on you, line-by-line, page-by-page, slowly creeping under the skin, as you dig deeper into the collection. But perhaps that is the point. What else would you expect from a bunch of tales set in low and lazy New Orleans? If you've walked the streets, you know that nothing is rushed. Even redemption and remorse. So by the time you hit "Another Initiation" on page 6, then stumble upon "The Painters" on ...more
Richard Thomas
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've been to New Orleans, and it's a beautiful city, with kind people, a strong musical influence, a proud history, a great sense of humor, a sticky heat that keeps you in a sultry mood, and always, as the night gets late, and the streets grow dark, an element of danger.

And that's what you get with this collection of short stories. You never know where Fouquet is going to take you. Sometimes it's a twist at the last moment, an unexpected outcome,a turn for the worse. Sometimes it's the passion b
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Emily
Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it
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I received Twenty Stories from a goodreads.com giveaway. It is collection of flash fiction and short stories by Kristin Fouquet. While, I'm not a huge fan of flash fiction, I can tell you that Fouquet can surely write good flash fiction. In 2 pages she can hook you, draw you in and promptly drop you back in the water wanting to be plucked back in again. Some authors cannot do that in 300 pages.

I liked the last two stories the best "The Moon is New but Love is Old" and " Depreciation of The Darb
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Ben
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The focus of this terrific collection is New Orleans and these stories about jazz singers, adulterers, cross-dressers and writers not only reinforce, but expand everything you think you know about the city and the people who live there.
trickgnosis
Enjoyable short fiction about the characters that populate New Orleans.
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Kristin Fouquet is a writer and photographer in the lovely city of New Orleans. Her short fiction and fine art and street photography have been published widely online and in print. She is the author of Twenty Stories (Rank Stranger Press 2009), a collection of short literary fiction, Rampart and Toulouse (Rank Stranger Press, 2011), a novella and other stories, The Olive Stain and other stories ( ...more
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