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Just In Case: Twenty-one Bite-sized Stories Kindle Edition
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Laura McHale Holland's Just in Case: Twenty-one Bite-sized Stories is a collection of flash fiction bubbles with sentimentality, oddity, thrills, tears, and darkness. The stories' premises are as diverse as their characters, varying from familiar to surreal. "Red" starts the collection, where six-year-old Tessie unhappily watches her mother wed another man, leaving the memories of Tessie's father behind. With her husband gone and estranged from her children, a woman has everything she needs for a lonely life, including an ultimate 'solution' in "Just In Case" - eerie, nuanced and profound, treating the emotional territory of the young and old with deft poise. "Cold Case" is my favorite as Holland gives readers an interesting version of the Brothers Grimm's Hansel and Gretel. I would love to see this story developed further. Then there's "Open Range" in which an elderly couple gives their unfulfilled wishes another go before heading towards a retirement community. "Believe Me" is a poignant tale of a mother who's still searching for her lost child.
Excellent in emphasizing real-life situations as well as imaginative tales, these stories layer complex emotions, common individualistic struggles, and supernatural phenomena. The characters strive to overcome or at least navigate through challenging circumstances with different approaches－some succeed, and some don't. I may not able to connect to all of the stories, but no doubt each of them demands attention and is thought-provoking. This is a commendable flash fiction collection from Holland that will appeal to many readers. I look forward to reading more of her work in this genre.
About the Author
- Print Length : 57 pages
- Publication Date : August 17, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File Size : 3685 KB
- Publisher : WORDforest (August 17, 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07WFCS68F
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,541,725 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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It takes a skilled author, like Laura McHale Holland, to be able to write stories with the brevity she has succeeded to doing for the 21 Flash Fiction [micro] contained in this book. I should know because I’ve already written a book where the vast majority of the 100 stories are only five sentences long.
There’s nothing missing in any of these stories, they’ve got a beginning, a middle and an ending; they’re also fraught with a myriad of developed characters as well as emotions. The content of each of the stories are not one-dimensional as they all are fully developed, containing allegorical implications and familiarity, nor are they limited to a particular genre of writing directed at a particular kind of audience.
The physical book, with its small size, 4” x 6” and less than a ¼” thick, can quite easily be carried in a handbag, large purse or even in a pocket of a jacket.
For wanting to give her readers a sense of being part of the story, like being in the shoes of a protagonist, or witnessing the story taking place right in front of them, as an aficionado of Flash Fiction, I’ve given the author, Ms. Holland, the rating of 5 STARS which she has garnered.
What I Loved About JUST IN CASE
1. The Writing. The author has the ability to draw me deeply into a story that takes no more than five minutes to read.
2. The Length. As someone with ADD, I loved that I could read a story while I was waiting for water to boil or my computer to boot up. I could set it down and not have to remember where I was because that story was over.
3. Reader Interpretation. Due to the nature of the storytelling, so much is left for the reader to interpret, and each one had me thinking about it long after I was done reading.
4. Quirky Characters. Many of the tales had richly drawn characters that were fun and a little different, making them a delight to read.
5. Darker Subject Matter. I loved the darker tones of many of the stories without ever becoming macabre. Perfect for reading during an autumn evening by a warm fire.
Wonderful short tales of fascinating characters wrapped up in spectacular storytelling.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is an enjoyable, quick read perfect for accompanying fiction lovers as we go about our busy, daily lives. Without hesitation, I give it 5-stars, and highly recommend it for the creative mind of any fiction reader.
This style is so hard, and she just NAILS it. Each tiny tale packs a full sized punch and her world building is second to none for such compact stories!
Highly recommend this anthology if you need some tiny tales with big impact in your life!
created in the fiction genre continues to display her writing skill. Each story provides a stomach sensation, and a few keep questions moving after the last line. The collection suggests and convinces, prods and provokes. It is well worth the short time to read. I'm waiting for more from this talented writer.