Just In Case: Twenty-one Bite-sized Stories Paperback – August 17, 2019
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From the first story in Just in Case to the last, Laura McHale Holland explores the inner turmoil of the human condition in an unconventional way. This writer is a skilled storyteller who knows how to pull readers into her magical world where ordinary characters can be unpredictable and images can be misleading. I haven't got a clue how the author gets to these mysterious locales, but she has surprises in store for me when I get there and it's always a fascinating ride. - Barbara Toboni, author of Light the Way and The Bunny Poets
Magical yet grounded, Laura McHale Holland's flash fiction packs a gratifying punch. Bigfoot as rescuer, a girl abandoning a newborn at a firehouse, a woman in competition with raccoons for her mother's notice--these and other stories leave the reader satisfied yet hankering for more of Laura's deft prose. Such clever morsels stay with you long after the few minutes it takes to read them. --Olivia Boler, author of The Flower Bowl Spell
About the Author
- Publisher : Wordforest (August 17, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 90 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1733668306
- ISBN-13 : 978-1733668309
- Item Weight : 2.26 ounces
- Dimensions : 4 x 0.22 x 6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,748,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.