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!
By the author of Eileen, this visceral short story collection by a hugely talented author recounts the lives of people finding, or failing to find, ways to cope with the world of those around them. Her protagonists encounter loss, alcoholism, eating disorders and sexual dysfunction, all conjured by a master storyteller.
Published by Vintage on January 11th 2018
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.