A skillful and sensitive debut collection of short stories, centering around characters who are at odds with their lives in different ways. Chris Power has a remarkable knack for capturing stories where what is unknowable about life is rendered as a tangible presence, alongside loneliness, desire, chaos and epiphany - making it hard to believe this is his first published book. Highly recommend!
Sensual and gloriously strange, Carmen Maria Machado’s debut heralds a strong new voice in contemporary short fiction. Blending fantasy with psychological realism, Machado explores female desire, the many violences enacted on women’s bodies and the impact of this on their psyche. Brilliant, emotionally charged and visceral.
Published by Serpent's Tail on December 14th 2017
Completely absorbing and original, these stories are startling, mysterious and earthy in their exploration of sexuality, motherhood and psychological hinterlands, not once conforming to your expectations. If you've never read Sarah Hall, now is the time to start!