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SHORT OF A PICNIC: 12 stories. 12 troubled minds.

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A collection of fictional short stories centered on mental disorders, and the people who live with them. Incredible glimpses into the lives of fascinating characters.


SHORT OF A PICNIC is a staple of mental health fiction, worthy of comparison to other fiction books dealing with mental illness such as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Thirteen Reasons Why." Readers familiar with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, addiction, and other psychological ailments will find resonance within SHORT OF A PICNIC's pages. A must-read among psychological short story collections, the book spans a wide array of tones and insights, from conveying friendships and other relationships to capturing city life to offering up dark comedy and absurdist satire.

Editorial reviews

"... In this well-crafted collection, [Shapiro] beautifully reminds us of those whom we cavalierly label as mentally ill... " -- Dan Stradford, President of

"At their best, these stories are deeply chilling... " -- Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column

"Combines Raymond Carver's minimalist style with penetrating insights and a mordant wit." -- Bonnie Bucqueroux, The

"Frankly, this is the best work of fiction I've ever read about mental illness... " -- Jillian Leslie, Everyday Warriors

"I highly recommend this book and give it a top rating of 10!" -- Dallas Franklin, SWO

"Real-life situations that reveal what it's like to be different in a society that embraces mainstream thoughts and emotions." -- Linda Denicola, The News Transcript

"Shocking and riveting... a kaleidoscope of delightfully off-beat personalities." -- Brian Benjamin Carter, The Pulse of Oriental Medicine

"The tone [varies] from poignant to downright chilling... [Shapiro has] a flair for realistic dialogue and a good visual sense." -- Roberta Austin, The Compulsive Reader

"This is one of the best books I've read dealing with mental illness." -- Broken Wings & Fallen Angels (Mental Health Newsletter)

"[It's] a fascinating and sometimes scary collection of short stories that can only be applauded and marked a Must Read." -- Laurie Edwards, CultureDose

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  • Print Length: 144 Pages
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