Just in Case: Twenty-one Bite-sized Stories
Laura McHale Holland
Publication date: August 17th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Imagine a world where shadows of enchantment instantly render ordinary experiences eerie, terrifying or sublime, and where the unexpected becomes the norm. The twenty-one micro stories in Laura McHale Holland’s Just in Case comprise such a place: a universe where a wife betrayed relishes her revenge; a couple chugging toward retirement takes a surprising U-turn; a much maligned character finally has his say; a cozy family scene chills the blood; a curious relative cannot leave a half-human baby alone. These, and more, are what you’ll find in this book.
The dark, often revealing themes in this collection marry exquisitely with the precise flash fiction form, offering a full reading experience in few words. If you enjoy engaging, short reads with deliciously poetic prose, plenty of imagery, and context left to the imagination, you’re likely to love the concise gems found herein.
This book is a very quick read. Perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time to read or you need to kill a bit of time. These short stories are of regular moments told in a poetic style highlighting the characters’ emotions at the time. The outcomes of the stories are often left up to your imagination. Some of the stories are downright chilling and I enjoyed the ones with a spookier vibe. My favorite of the short stories was probably “Butterflies” which had the most magical feel to it. There is a good variety of tales in this book everything from ordinary to fantasy, and plenty tinged with horror or grief.
In all of her work, Laura McHale Holland strives to stir people’s emotions and find hope hidden in unlikely places. Her novel, The Kiminee Dream, set for release in 2020, introduces a cast of quirky characters in a fictional Illinois river town where unseen forces both help and hinder, and people learn to rise in the face of adversity, accept what can never be and embrace big dreams anew. Laura’s published books include two memoirs, two collections of flash fiction, and an anthology on sisterhood. In addition, three of her plays have been produced in San Francisco’s North Bay region.