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How High? -- That High

by Diane Williams

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How High? -- That High by Diane Williams
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    Oct 2021, 128 pages

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Rory L. Aronsky
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Diane Williams probes the depths of human relationships in this humorous and sensitive collection of flash fiction.

Reading Diane Williams' How High? -- That High is like when you're walking in the mall or down an aisle in the supermarket and you overhear an argument or a strange conversation. It's not polite to linger, yet you can't help but wonder what else was said and how it ended.

Williams' short stories work much the same way, though instead of moving on because it's the polite thing to do, she gives just enough in a scant few pages that the reader lingers after the final sentence. Have you read it right? Did Tim and Valentina really start dating in the course of a mere sentence in "Grief in Moderation"? Go back over it. There's enough space for you to do so, since the story itself hasn't taken up much. You might wonder, what is Williams after?

She examines her characters' lives with the storytelling equivalent of a jeweler's loupe, looking at distinctly individual moments that are common ...

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