A talking crow. A Hindu Goddess. A fabulous female poolside sleuth. A hungry hawk.
These are just some of the characters you'll meet in this collection of 100 quirky flash fiction stories.
Written one per day in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, each story is exactly 100 words long and come together to form a thoughtful journal of self-isolation in the suburbs, from April – July 2020.
While some are intensely personal, others are playful. Some are bittersweet, and others are downright surreal. All of them will feel familiar, and remind you that you are not alone on this superweird journey.
You may recognize some characters in the book from Andrea's unusual and humorous series, The Beverley Green Adventures:
Beverley Green's First AdventureBeverley Green's First Territorial ChristmasBeverley Green Finds True NorthBeverley Green Comes HomeThe Guthrie Short Stories
Reviews for "Days Are Beautiful":
"Flash fiction is a unique form - needing to be super-tight and focused in order to work. In Days Are Beautiful, author Andrea C. Neil really pulls this off, showing herself to be very skilled in what is a very demanding form of art. The stories in Days Are Beautiful are clever, fun, sometimes light-hearted and often weighty with thoughts on how we inhabit our daily lives. Much of what happens in the everyday subject matter is very relatable, tackling the little things in life (and sometimes the big) that we all find ourselves facing, especially in light of a pandemic. I definitely recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to the next one!"
"This is a very enjoyable and well written book…it makes you feel less alone and connected to someone else living in an unsettled time in our lives."
"I think one of these days we will be through this pandemic and I think books like this will remind us of what it is like to live through it. I give the book five stars and recommend it highly."