A long-awaited novel from an author acclaimed for the fearless range of her imagination, the emotional intensity of her stories, and the virtuosity of her writing. A story of astonishing beauty, originality and power.
Tender Morsels is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them. It is a gloriously told tale of journeys and transformations, penetrating the boundaries between male and female, reality and myth, conscious and unconscious, temporal and spiritual, human and beast.
Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, given to her by natural magic and in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters, gentle Branza and curious Urdda, grow up in this harmonious world, protected from the violence and village prejudice that once made their mother's life unendurable.
But the real world cannot be denied forever, and gradually the borders break down between Liga's refuge and the place from which she escaped. Having known heaven, how will Liga and her daughters survive back in the world where beauty cannot be separated from cruelty? How far can you take your fantasies before they grow dangerous? How fully can you protect your children, and how completely should you?
Building on a mythic scaffolding, Margo Lanagan asks timeless questions about what it is to be human. She unflinchingly explores the evil and sweetness in the world and reveals the essential magic of learning to live with both.
A long-awaited novel from an author acclaimed for the fearless range of her imagination, the emotional intensity of her stories, and the virtuosity of her writing.
A story of astonishing beauty, originality and power.
Margo Lanagan is an acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. Her three collections of short stories have been rapturously reviewed around the world and have garnered many awards, nominations and shortlistings. Her second collection, Black Juice, was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and won two World Fantasy Awards, as well as the 2004 Victorian Premier's Award for Young Adult Fiction. Red Spikes was a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Horn Book Fanfare title, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Margo lives in Sydney.
Winner, Ditmar Awards, Best Novel, 2009
Short-listed, Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel, 2008
Winner, The World Fantasy Convention, Best Novel, 2009
Winner, Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence, 2009
Short-listed, Locus Awards, Young Adult Novel, 2009
Short-listed, Tiptree Awards, 2009
Short-listed, Shirley Jackson Award for 'literature of psychological suspense, horror and the dark fantastic', 2009
Allen & Unwin
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