"There Is No Long Distance Now" is a collection of, as the book's subtitle points out, very short stories. No longer than 1000 words or 5 pages each, these stories are rich in language, evocative, lyrical, which can be easily explained by the fact the Naomi Shihab Nye is an acclaimed, National Book Award nominated poet. These vignettes capture those seemingly small moments and experiences in life that in retrospect become life-changing. Nye leaves no stone unturned, writing about death, love, grief, loneliness, compassion, struggles, difficulties and new beginnings.
This collection might not appeal to everyone; the stories are subtle, quiet and tender, sometimes too much so. But those readers, who are in search of poetry-like gems in YA literature, will undoubtedly find this little book inspiring.
In these forty life-altering, life-affirming, and extremely short short stories, the award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye proposes that no matter how great the divide between friends, siblings, life and death, classmates, enemies, happiness and misery, war and peace, breakfast and lunch, parent and child, country and city, there is, in fact, no long distance. Not anymore.