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Dictionary Stories : Short Fictions and Other Findings, Paperback / softback Book

Dictionary Stories : Short Fictions and Other Findings Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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"Dictionary Stories isn't just a book for word nerds, but for anyone for whom language and story matter.

Everybody will find themselves thoroughly in love with this book." -Kory Stamper, editor for Merriam-Webster, and author of Word by WordEveryone has looked up a word in the dictionary.

Some of us have even asked for it to be used in a sentence during our 2nd grade spelling bee.

But few of us have ever really considered those example sentences: where they come from, how they're generated...and why in heaven's name they are so darn weird. Jez Burrows opened the New Oxford American Dictionary and sat, mystified.

Instead of the definition of "study" he was looking for, he found himself drawn to the strangely conspicuous, curiously melodramatic sentence that followed it: "He perched on the edge of the bed, a study in confusion and misery." It read like a tiny piece of fiction on the lam and hiding out in the dictionary-and it wasn't alone.

Was it possible to reunite these fugitive fictions? To combine and remix example sentences to form new works?

With this spark and a handful of stories shared online, Dictionary Stories was born.

This genre-bending and wildly inventive collection glows with humor, emotion, and intellect.

Effortlessly transcending sentence level, Burrows lights between the profound and the absurd, transporting readers into moments, worlds, and experiences of remarkable variety.

Featuring original illustrations by the author, Dictionary Stories is a giddy celebration of the beauty and flexibility of language.

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