“For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.”

Just what was Ernest Hemingway trying to tell us, or to get us to think about?

Legend has it that a $10 wager with fellow writers resulted in this poignant short story by Ernest Hemingway. Is there proof? No… but that just adds to the mystery.

The field of flash fiction–extremely short short stories–has grown, but how many authors can virtually bring you to tears in six words?


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