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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Flash Fiction Stories In Honor of Juneteenth is a work of fiction in the flash fiction, anthology, and cultural fiction subgenres, and was penned by author Theodore Jerome Cohen, who also uses the pen-name Alyssa Devine. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience, and could also be read by the YA reading group to introduce them to more complex cultural fiction and issues. Collecting together sixteen different stories about the nature of what it means to be black, then and now, the work seeks to bring to light the atrocities of slavery, prejudice, and systemic racism through snapshot-style stories. What results is a highly engrossing collection of poignant and emotional moments that is sure to keep readers turning the pages from cover to cover.
Author Theodore Jerome Cohen has crafted an engrossing collection of fiction with plenty of pathos, significance, heartbreak, and warmth, and one which felt like it was over far too soon for this reader. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was the author’s empathy and respect for the subject matter, balancing an educational approach as an ally with reverence and dedication to representation. I also really enjoyed the selection of photographs that introduce each tale, adding another layer of visual media, mood, and character to the moments we’re about to experience, and settling them in the real world all the more. Overall, I would highly recommend Flash Fiction Stories In Honor of Juneteenth to fans of short and impactful fiction, vivid character, and dialogue work, and for readers looking to expand their cultural horizons everywhere.