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tender morsels

This is one book that I judged correctly by it’s cover… you see the stars actually twinkle gold in the light and the silhouettes of the characters glisten with movement as though they are skipping out of the pages.

‘Tender Morsels’ is a delicious fairy tale for adults. Dark and vivid – the story is set in a mythical Eastern European town that is a sinister mirror of our childhood folk stories. The tale opens in that lonely hut at the edge of a dark wood that has become a familiar landmark in the geography of fear.

The story surrounds 15 year old Liga who endures unspeakable cruelties at the hands of her father, before being magically granted her own personal heaven, a safe haven from the real world. She raises her two daughters in this alternate reality, and they grow up protected from the violence that once harmed their mother. But soon,  magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of their refuge. Now, having known Heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?

Author Margo Lanagan is fearless in her narrative – there are times when the violence of the book is uncomfortable reading, but there are also times when the prose reads almost like poetry. Although devastation can be found within these pages, there is also magic and hope – the idea that you must confront the dark and the dirty to experience the beauties of life within it.

Tender Morsels is published by Random House

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