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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Trials and Tribulations by Brian Keith Higgins is a collection of the author's original flash fiction stories, each of which provides a complete story within a remarkably small word count. Each piece reads independently of the next, and while the theme of adversity is the cornerstone of the collection, the stories themselves stand alone in their characters and plot points. These range from a tale where a broken wagon wheel and a fractured arm become catalysts for more in the 19th-century snowy story One Christmas Eve, to a ghostly encounter that shows us what loss, redemption, and the persistence of spirits in a small New England town look like in The Girl of Stone River.
I'm always so impressed by the skill an author must have to immerse us in a completely new world and do so in what feels like just a moment, and Brian Keith Higgins is an exceptional standout in this craft, which he proves comfortably in Trials and Tribulations. Of course, having been born and raised in San Francisco myself, my favorite tale is Moving West, set during the 1849 Gold Rush as a family is besieged by the challenges of the Oregon Trail. A huge sacrifice marks the hardships of pioneering but also serves as a testament to resilience and eventual success. Higgins's writing is clear and engaging; every story is a triumph, and I do not doubt that all who pick up this collection will feel the same. Very highly recommended.