Released August 17, 2019
Bottom Line: Read it if you enjoy stories that leave you wanting and feel a bit like poetry
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Why I Picked It Up: I thought bite-sized stories would be a number of short-stories! I enjoy short-stories if they are the right ones.
The Official Summary
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.
What I Loved
- I really enjoyed the variety of types of stories in this collection. Some were a bit creepy, some made you go “huh?”, some sad.
- The stories made me imagine, made me imagine what actually happened since they gave me a taste of the story
- This book felt familiar to me, not in the way that it isn’t original but familiar to a book I “read” when I was younger. In my gifted class we had a book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg, which was made up of beautiful and interesting illustrations. We each chose an illustration and created our own short story about what was happening. This was the one I chose. Now if only I could find that story somewhere.
What didn’t I like?
- Every story didn’t click for me, but that didn’t make me enjoy any of the others any less.
- **Warning** bite-sized is NOT short-stories. The other term used is flash-fiction and that feels like a better description. Some of them are very very short, others a little longer but none of them are long enough to come close to a short story. I’m not sure yet what I think of these types of books. I will say that it does take a lot of talent to put so much into so few words.
Follow the Author
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.
Good for people who like
Flash Fiction, Short Stories, Magical Realism
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