BASS 1998 is a collection of flash fiction inspired by, inhabiting, and misrepresenting the 1998 installment of the Best American Short Stories anthology series. Each story is in conversation with a piece by the same title in the original BASS 1998. Yet, in its efforts to preserve the 1998 anthology, this collection bends the original stories beyond recognition, replacing them with memories and ghosts from the author’s lives in Israel, New York, and suburban America. (Gold Line Press, 2020)
"By turns tragic and hilarious, BASS 1998 captured the sadness behind our best efforts; though all dreams eventually collapse, Karen Marron's characters will never stop dreaming.”
Reviews and Links
“Letting Go” — The Bellingham Review [print]; Interview
“Perahia” (Tel Aviv, 2001) — Word Riot [journal defunct]
“Diamonds” — Beeswax Magazine [print]
“Crêpe-Café de Paris” — Small Spiral Notebook [journal defunct]
Karen Marron is the author of the fiction chapbook BASS 1998 (Gold Line Press, 2020). She is a creative nonfiction editor and the production editor of The Ilanot Review, and is an alumna of Bar-Ilan University’s graduate program in creative writing. She works as a scientific editor and lives in Queens, NY. Follow her on Twitter @marronglacee.