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Ernest Hemmingway was once asked to write a story in just six words. He wrote a sad one ...

"For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn."

The world's shortest story inspired writer Larry Smith who wondered what memoirs people might be able to concoct in just six words. So he began a website which, to date, has received 30,000 contributions, the best of which have been published in a book.

The results are sad, funny, inspiring ...

"Revenge is living well without you."

"Was father. Boys died. Still sad."

"Story of my life: Unintended consequences."

"Clever with numbers. Not with men."

"Met young. Got married. Still infatuated."

"Raised by lunatics. Still in recovery."

"Stole wife. Lost friends. Now happy."

"Work in progress. Come back later."

"Father died. Mother ineffectual. Succeeded anyway."


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