The Beautiful, Complicated Family short story series

Sometimes things get messy, but it’s always beautiful.

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Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 and Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 2 explore the connections that can hold people together or tear them apart. The stories in this collection capture struggles that are common in today’s families—secrets, mother-daughter conflicts, coping with aging family members, and a more subtle question of what makes a family. The issues will seem familiar to you, but there are unexpected twists when you least expect them. The relatable characters and endings may pull at your heartstrings, so don’t be surprised if you laugh or cry along the way. Like most families, the relationships in this uplifting collection consist of intricate elements. Sometimes things get messy, but it’s always beautiful. Each volume contains five flash fiction stories (very short stories of 1000 words or less each). Read each story in about 5 minutes. Volume 1 contains a link to get Volume 2 of the collection for free by subscribing to this website. While you’re here, make sure you’re signed up to get it.

Are you curious about the stories in Beautiful, Complicated Family? Click below to hear an audio version of “The Reverse Escape”, a story in Volume 1.

What are people saying about the Beautiful, Complicated Family series?

“Lee displays why I love flash fiction — in just a small written space, we are provided with characters, detail, and story. Of course, this means that the reading is brief, but nevertheless enjoyable.”
Dr. J, Book blogger at Dr. J Reads“A feel good book.”
Christina F, Bookseller and NetGalley Reviewer“I love the swift stories. Some were light-hearted, some were touching.”
Edna G, NetGalley Reviewer“I was so captivated by Rosey Lee’s writing. This was my first experience with flash fiction and I’m a fan. I look forward to exploring more of this genre.”
Meredith H, Media Professional and NetGalley Reviewer

“Beautiful, Complicated Family Vol 1 offers irrefutable proof that good things really do come in small packages. This is a lightning quick read of five short stories, each providing a brief glimpse into the lives of individuals who demonstrate their unique perspectives on what it means to be a family. This was my first experience of ‘flash fiction’, and I am certainly interested in reading more from this distinctive genre, and from this author in particular.”
Andrea P, NetGalley Reviewer

“Written to make you smile and feel good”
Tracy W, NetGalley Reviewer

“Swift and intriguing. This is a wonderful example of flash fiction at its best. With believable characters, relatable situational stories, tears and laugh out loud moments, it is hard to put down. You can’t help feel warmed by the familiarity of each character as their unique story unfolds. Even the twist at the end makes you feel rewarded and eager to dive in to the next one. Rosey Lee delivers each story with ease and in language that is as comfortable your favourite slippers. An easy book to recommend to all my friends.”
M.Jayne S, Educator and NetGalley Reviewer