Elegant, haunting, beautiful prose in short, short stories to savor and share. 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. The short stories in this collection contain layers of meaning hidden in metaphor, revealed in raw emotion and arresting in their sudden intimacy. Magical, yet grounded this is flash fiction at its best by an author who know how to pack a gratifying punch and leave the reader hankering for more.
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About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
JUST IN CASE was a delightful, fast read, which I finished in just half a day. The stories are short, vivid, and left me wanting more. The author weaves tales using carefully chosen imaginative words that not only set a scene, but get us deep into character point of view. The shortest is just a half a page and the longest was probably less than ten, but the amount of real estate had nothing to do with the reading experience. I devoured each one, then reread it to savor it, to marvel at the author’s ability to use words as if she was wielding magic, making us see and feel with intensity. My favorite was the tale of a mailman and his favorite customer, a man with wolf-dog hybrids, but I don’t have a least favorite. They were all so very good. I will be reading more by Laura McHale Holland! 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. Bottom Line Wonderful short tales of fascinating characters wrapped up in spectacular storytelling. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.