Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite
Flash Fiction Stories With Magical Realism by Theodore Jerome Cohen is an intriguing collection of thirty flash fiction stories involving magical realism, tarot card readings, and the paranormal. As eloquently stated by American actress Sherilyn Fenn, magic may not be realistic; nevertheless, we are all looking for the dim traces of magic in our lives. Cohen chose these tales from the 438 stories in Book 1 through 6 of Creative Ink, Flashy Fiction anthologies. He also included selected offerings from his two short-story compilations, The Road Less Taken, as well as stories from his Mementos anthology series. Most of these stories are 250 words or fewer, and they are bound to have you hooked from start to finish!
Theodore Jerome Cohen truly hit the ball out of the park with his Flash Fiction Stories With Magical Realism. Flash fiction has always been tricky to write due to the precarious balance between getting your point across and still being succinct; however, Cohen succeeded admirably and created stories memorable enough even long after reading them. I love how Cohen vividly described each scene and made me feel like I was right beside the characters. Each photo piqued my interest, and I wondered how Cohen reimagined the picture and weaved the fictional tale behind it. Cohen did an excellent job of portraying his flawed yet human characters, allowing me to grasp the motivation behind their actions and the reason why they feel the way they do. To those looking for a bit of magic in their lives, this book is for you!