A hybrid of narrative and poetry, whether you call it micro or sudden fiction, flash fiction by its containment in time and space challenges the writer to say more with fewer words. More and more I find myself enjoying flash fiction.
Debrah Strait unveils a delightful spectrum of voices and perspectives in Flash of the Pen. In “Businessman,” the aging protagonist notes, “You can’t tell by looking, but I used to be somebody around this town.” In “The Attic,” a curious child glimpses unknowingly at infidelity and, taking a child’s logical course, seeks answers from precisely the wrong source. The humor is sly. The style crisp. What a great way to explore the author’s range.