Winner of the Scott Prize Winner of the 2015 Polari First Book Prize Winner of the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection The Herald: Book of the Year 2014 Shortlisted for the 2014 Green Carnation Prize Twenty tales of lust and loss.
These stories feature clockwork hearts, lascivious queens, paper men, island circuses, and a flooded world.
On the island of Skye, an antlered girl and a tiger-tailed boy resolve never to be friends - but can they resist their unique connection?
In an alternative 19th-century Paris, a love triangle emerges between a man, a woman, and a coin-operated boy.
A teenager deals with his sister's death by escaping from their tiny Scottish island - but will she let him leave? In 1920s New Orleans, a young girl comes of age in her mother's brothel.
Some of these stories are radical retellings of classic tales, some are modern-day fables, but all explore substitutions for love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Salt Publishing
- Publication Date: 15/03/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781907773754