Naomi Shihab Nye has long been one of my favorite voices in contemporary poetry. Here she turns her not inconsiderable skills to writing short short stories (40 of them) for younger readers. Her specificity of language and sense of storytelling are stripped to the bone in this collection. It is impossible to read any one of these pieces without a sense of awe. They are shocking in their directness and complexity - fully reflecting the imperfection and awkwardness of day to day living. In an age of teen writing that seems to rely more on flash and stereotype than on the art of writing well for an audience aged 12-16, this book is a landscape of sunlight in a room full of halogen bulbs.— Jonesey
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.
Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet and anthologist and the acclaimed author of Habibi: A Novel and Sitti's Secrets, a picture book, which was based on her own experiences visiting her beloved Sitti in Palestine. Her book 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has taught writing and worked in schools all over the world, including in Muscat, Oman. She lives in San Antonio, Texas.