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Just In Case: Twenty-one Bite-sized Stories by [Laura McHale Holland]

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Reviewed By Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

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

Whether she is penning a memoir or novel, editing an anthology, writing flash fiction, or telling stories live, Laura McHale Holland's aim as an artist is to stir people's emotions and find hope in unlikely places. She thrives on following her imagination wherever it leads and encouraging others to do the same. Very much inspired by the tremendous freedom and creativity found in today's independent publishing community, Laura formed a tiny publishing company through which she has published several award-winning books. Laura's stories have also appeared in such publications as NorthBay biz magazine, the Noe Valley Voice, Every Day Fiction Three, Wisdom Has a Voice, My Gutsy Story, Every Day Fiction, And the Beat Goes On, and several Vintage Voices anthologies. Her one-act play Are You Ready?was produced by Sixth Street Playhouse and Redwood Writers, as well as shortlisted for the Short+Sweet Sydney 2015 festival. Another one-act play, You'll Be Sorry, was produced in 2016 by Friends of the Guerneville Library's Readers Theater. And her most recent play, Bankrupt, was produced by Off the Page Readers Theater in 2019. An avid fan of story performance, Laura also enjoys freeing stories from the printed (or digital) page. In all of her work, she strives to illuminate hidden truths and inspire kindred souls to pursue their creative dreams. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
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