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420 characters : stories / Lou Beach.

Beach, Lou. (Author).
Book Book (2011.)
Description: 169 p., [10] leaves of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.
3 of 3 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 3 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Beverly Main Adult Fiction Fiction/ Beach (Text to Phone) Available -
Marblehead Adult Fiction FICTION BEACH, LOU 2011 (Text to Phone) Available -
Saugus Adult Fiction FIC Beach (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 9780547617930
  • ISBN: 0547617933
Summary: "HE DISMOUNTED at the dead end of the canyon, took a shovel and walked to a spot near a cottonwood and began to dig. When he was knee deep in the hole an arrow passed behind his head. He felt the air move and thought it a daring bird. The second arrow found its mark in his neck and the life seeped from him and he folded, inches from some letters and a lock of hair. Lou Beach began his writing career by updating his Facebook status, every day, with a new stand-alone story no more than 420 characters long. These narrative gems soon appeared on his website, and then arrived in the literary world. Alternately surreal, funny, ominous, and lyrical, 420 Characters offers an experience as dazzling as any in contemporary fiction, revealing worlds of meaning in single paragraphs. Beach's work has found admirers in Jonathan Lethem, Terry Gilliam, J. Robert Lennon, and others. The collection features original collages by the author, an acclaimed artist and illustrator"-- Provided by publisher.
"The debut fiction project of an acclaimed artist and illustrator, 420 CHARACTERS is a collection of sharp and evocative miniature stories first presented as Facebook status updates"-- Provided by publisher.
Alternate Title: Four hundred twenty characters


Beach, Lou. "420 characters : stories." Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.

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