‘Holiday in Cambodia’ by Laura Jean McKay – Brief Review

Holiday in Cambodia

Laura Jean McKay is a fabulous young Australian author whose personality and experience spill from the pages of this short story collection. I met Laura when she ran a Short Story Workshop at the Wheeler Center in Melbourne. She is approachable and kind as a teacher, not to mention knowledgeable in her approach to creative writing.

The stories in this book focus on Cambodia and it’s goings-on, whether it be in the lives of locals, tourists, or those who find themselves in this complicated land because of charity/ work commitments. I would have given it five stars but I found that I didn’t connect emotionally with many of the stories as some of the points being made seemed slightly weak and could have been further developed.

Overall, a proud addition to Australian Short Story writing.


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