by Matt Potter
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50 stories, written from 2010 to 2014 …
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-925101-64-5
ISBN (eBook): 978-1-925101-65-2
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What people are saying about Based on True Stories
Matt Potter’s writing voice possesses a delicate snark, an incisive wit that lifts even the commonplace into unique memorability. The characters who saunter – sometimes wander, sometimes traipse – throughout this collection of bite-sized fiction have the makings of great fictional people: they’re singular and quirky, but somehow, at the same time – and here’s where my admiration for Matt’s skill goes off the chart – they’re possessed of an indisputable sense of reality … These people exist, they live and breathe, and we, the readers, recognize in them our friends, our family … And ourselves.
—Guilie Castillo Oriard, author of The Miracle of Small Things
The small fictions in Based on True Stories will not lull you – they will piss you off or, at the least, move you to indignation, or tears, or laughter. Maybe all three. These gems provoke, like the tip of a chef’s knife pricking skin, and just as the words get uncomfortable, the story delivers the bit of redemption that reveals the humanity of his characters – and of us all. These stories are real, raw, and honest. The reading doesn’t get much better than that.
—Linda Simoni-Wastila, Senior Fiction Editor at JMWW
Real characters with real conundrums. Coarse, flawed and lovable. Potter’s stories are written with a healthy portion of humour and humanity.
—Michelle Elvy, editor, Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction