"A collection of beautiful little explosive flashes of fiction."

-Yuvi Zalkow, author of A Brilliant Novel In The Works

Back cover: A woman hides from her husband and another absently bakes sponges inside her tarts. Appliances drop from the sky, men grapple with chainsaws, women struggle with hormonal violence, and abandoned boys beg on doorsteps. Enter into the territory of broken people and the folks that love them.

Sensitive and unruly, sincere and absurd, Stefanie Freele's Feeding Strays is a collection of fifty short stories, both slipstream and modern, about children, family, relationships, and oysters.


"Incandescent is to best describe this debut collection. The stories have an  ineffable quality: they get down to the bedrock of truth." The Short Review

"These expert, graceful mini-portraits of the life-jostled, the uncallused, and all the others who struggle with familyhood, are moving, sensitive, funny, and true. Stefanie Freele is a writer with a grip on the human spirit."

- Deb Olin Unferth, author of Vacation

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"Stefanie Freele's fiction offers the thrill of discovering details sure to be overlooked by a less alert eye. Her characters take control of their lives by insisting - as their author does - that each moment matters, and can become something resonant and moving and strange in the very best way. Read these rare stories, and you will learn all over again how to look."

-Steve Himmer, author of The Bee-Loud Glade, Editor Necessary Fiction

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"Stefanie Freele's command of the flash form is evident throughout: she creates characters and scenes potent enough to play on the mind, leaving the reader pondering the stories long after they have been read."

-Flash - The International Short-Short Story Magazine

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