This is How He Learned To Love

Randall Brown


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First runner-up in the Sonder Press 2018 Chapbook Competition, Randall Brown’s This Is How He Learned To Love, is a masterfully crafted collection of 37 brief, yet luminous fictions. Brown’s prose is spare, and as delicately rendered as the windows he grants into the worlds of his characters, yet the stories gathered here are deeply, utterly resonant. This Is How He Learned To Love captures the true vastness of the human heart—its susceptibility and perseverance; its resilience; and, above all, its indelible, persistent yearning for connection.

“Sometimes Randall Brown’s stories make me laugh. Sometimes they make me gasp. But always, they make me grateful that such a true master of flash fiction exists in this world.” 

           Tara Laskowski, author of One Night Gone and


“I’m convinced no writer alive achieves as much emotional power and resonance in the very short form as Randall Brown. These stories gutted me, left me awestruck at their terrible beauty. This Is How He Learned To Love is the work of a virtuoso talent at the height of his powers.” 
           Kathy Fish, author of
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