The Ice Cream Vendor's Song

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The Ice Cream Vendor's Song introduces a new side of Laura McHale Holland, whose memoir, Reversible Skirt, won a silver medal in the 2011 Readers Favorite book awards. In this richly nuanced collection of very short fiction, the author tilts the everyday and spins characters in surprising directions, revealing worlds haunting yet tender, all rendered with emotional clarity and exquisite prose. More

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About Laura McHale Holland

Laura McHale Holland is the author of the award-winning memoir, Reversible Skirt. Her stories, essays and feature articles have appeared in such publications as the Every Day Fiction Three, the Vintage Voices anthologies, NorthBay biz magazine, the Noe Valley Voice and the original San Francisco Examiner. A member of both Redwood Writers and the Storytelling Association of California, she has been a featured teller at The Lake Tahoe Storytelling Festival. To keep up with her, please visit http://lauramchaleholland.com.

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Review by: JB Lazarte on May 27, 2013 : star star star star star
Laura McHale Holland’s flash fiction collection, ‘The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song’ is just what today’s internet-reared readers need: short, punchy, yet emotionally impactful tales of just the right manageable length. At turns sentimental, often poignant and heartbreaking, the short (or very short) stories in this collection do not fail in hitting us where it hurts most.

Indeed, ‘The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song’—despite the stories’ individual lengths—is best enjoyed slowly, as each morsel is a rich helping, a close-up view of the human experience served in easy-to-assimilate units. From the romantic (“Rolling Toward Her Feet”) to the strange (“The Golden Sandals”) to the abrupt (“The Fool”), this eclectic collection of stories descends on our senses in some sort of cadence all its own.

I also love how Holland weaves her sentences—the end result is deliciously poetic and often brimming with pathos. It’s a joy to read the lines, regardless of what particular story you’re on. Overall, this is a book that deserves to be tried and enjoyed and downloaded. Even better, this can be a great gift to a loved one. Highly recommended!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nancy LaRonda Johnson on May 15, 2013 : star star star
When I was young, riding in the car with my mom and peering at the cars that we passed, or looking out the window of BART at the passing homes, I often wondered what the lives were like of the people in the many cars and houses. The collection in The Ice Cream Vendor's Song gives you a glimpse into quite a few people's possible lives. It is an interesting and memorable book of flash fiction.

Although many of the stories I wouldn't call complete stories, some are, and all have something worthy about them.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jody Darden on April 21, 2013 : star star star star
I am a big fan of flash fiction and won this collection from LibraryThing's Member giveaway.
Each of these short pieces is its own vignette and many have interesting and challenging ideas for you to ponder. They vary from snapshots of ordinary moments to sometimes fantastical situations. I would definitely read more from this author.
Recommended
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mary Ruth Gross on March 23, 2013 : star star star star star
I like getting inside the sometimes quirky mind of this truly original author. All of the stories made me think, and gave me chance to see some everyday things from a new perspective.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ricardo James on March 21, 2013 : star star star star star
This book has a collection of short stories that are simply short, sweet and sometimes surprising. Quality writing! Not only are they well written but they are also perfectly suited for a quality read. Happy I didn't waste my money!

The author skillfully demonstrates that you don’t have to write a whole lot to create an imaginative seen. This is what kept the stories delightfully captivating. Reading this book leaves me with an open reading appetite for more of Laura Holland’s writings. I happily savored each of these short gems!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ricardo James on March 21, 2013 : (no rating)
This book has a collection of short stories that are simply short, sweet and sometimes surprising. Quality writing! Not only are they well written but they are also perfectly suited for a quality read. Happy I didn't waste my money!

The author skillfully demonstrates that you don’t have to write a whole lot to create an imaginative seen. This is what kept the stories delightfully captivating. Reading this book leaves me with an open reading appetite for more of Laura Holland’s writings. I happily savored each of these short gems!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Marlene Stotts on March 21, 2013 : star star star star star
This is a collection of short stories from the heart and mind of a very unique person.

I was always a big fan of the "Chicken Soup" series, so naturally I gravitate towards compilations of short fiction and stories that provoke thought.

The author writes with a great sense of self, and with a wonderful lyrical rhythm to her prose. Each story is written with a different moral, unique message, or interesting vignette of life: her words really make a lasting impact.

All in all, this is a great little book to curl up with for either a few minutes, or maybe a few hours. It will definitely make you think. Well done!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: glitterlips on March 19, 2013 : star star star star
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

In this very short story collection (some stories are only 1/2 page long), writer Laura McHale Holland takes us on a wild ride - to some really dark spaces and some fantastical places. I love a lot of the interesting story lines and think she is a clever writer. I know that short stories are some of the hardest to write and I really commend her ability to tell a complete story in so few words. I really enjoyed this collection and look forward to reading more by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kimberly Scott on March 19, 2013 : star star star star
The Ice Cream Vendor's Song by Laura McHale Holland is a book of short and shorter stories. Some I liked more than others, but all of them will make you think. I enjoyed reading each and every and one. A good book for an afternoon or evening read.


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Pat Hatt on March 19, 2013 : star star star star star
A truly unique collection of short stories. Laura has put together quite the vivid collection with The Ice Cream Vendors Song. Many of them will make you think and some suck you into a whole other world. They may not be for everyone, as they take a reader that isn't just looking for an easy read. Instead Laura lets everything weigh heavy with the stories she creates and really allows you to sense the depth within them. A collection most deserving of your attention, should you want a compelling read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: fuzzi1 on March 18, 2013 : star star
The Ice Cream Vendor's Song is a collection of very short stories, most of which are very strange. I managed to read almost half of the book, but decided it was enough for me: I was not enjoying them.

If you like strange and weird stories, like some of Theodore Sturgeon's works, you might appreciate this collection.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mary Kersting on March 18, 2013 : (no rating)
These short stories are intriguing, strange, and thought provoking. They made me laugh and made me cry. I could relate to some of them, but most of them were too weird for me to understand.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laurel Hounslow on March 17, 2013 : star star
Short stories that are intense, challenging, troubled. This writer has an ability to provide stark clarity concisely in very few words. Some are heart rending, Some are frightening. I wish the world did not generate such angst. Not for the faint of heart but presumably a look at the thoughts generated by one woman's reality. I hope writing it was cathartic.
Received through Library Things.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: breezywriter on March 15, 2013 : star star star star star
This was an interesting book of very short stories. I can't say that I liked them all, but I didn't dislike any either and they all made me think. I really enjoyed reading the stories - some were quirky, some sad, some funny. A very nice mixture.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: breezywriter on March 15, 2013 : star star star star star
This was an interesting book of very short stories. I can't say that I liked them all, but I didn't dislike any either and they all made me think. I really enjoyed reading the stories - some were quirky, some sad, some funny. A very nice mixture.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Judie Amsel on March 15, 2013 : star star star star
In THE ICE CREAM VENDOR’S SONG, Laura McHale Holland presents forty eight flash fiction short stories.

Each vignette is a complete picture. Some are a snapshot capturing a moment. Others, a short film covering a longer period of time. They range from humorous, surreal, nostalgic, and sad and, for the most part, the characters are everyday people.

A lot of them deal with separation, loss, death and revemge. Others involve children or memories of childhood. “The Golden Sandals” reminded me of the movie, “The Red Shoes.” Another had an O. Henry quality. And she presents an interesting twist on “Little Red Riding Hood.

None of the characters are repeated and there is a lot of differentiation between them. The lengths vary from fewer than 100 words to slightly more than one page.

While I didn’t like all the stories–I’m not into sci-fi–there were many that were enjoyable. She says a lot in a few words though, in a couple cases, I wanted more.

I received this review copy from Smashwords.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: carmen on Feb. 28, 2013 : star star star
this is what they (those in the know!)call Flash Fiction should be Flash Fantasy. Quite a ride all diverse in subject. The stories are intense and you realize you have read an entire story in only a few sentences.will go back to it again and again.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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