Laura McHale Holland

Just In Case

Twenty-one bite-sized stories.

Imagine a world where the unexpected becomes the norm

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.

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About Just In Case

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.

Praise for Just In Case

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

Five stars! Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 2019

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