From a boy on a 1970s London council estate who falls in love with a teenage widow, to a woman running a cafe in post-apocalypse Cumbria, via a Newcastle funfair and a veiled woman looking for monsters in a library, Crista Ermiya introduces us to characters and worlds with a beguiling mix of the ordinary and the surreal. In this debut collection of stories, people from the margins take centre stage, and everyone is seeking something: love, a lost parent, or simply acknowledgement that they exist.
“Crista Ermiya’s stories are fairytales for the disenfranchised. Witches, immigrants, beasts, ghosts, and people under the house arrest of reality TV, paint a portrait of what the 21st century freak show may look like. It’s not as simple as we once thought. Here, the marginalised live in shared accommodation and council flats in the North East. They look just like us, they are us. I could hear the soft beat of their disappointed hearts.”
Angela Readman, author of Don’t try this at home
“There is more than a touch of magic realism about Crista Ermiya’s stories. She draws the reader into uncommon, self-contained worlds and gives voice to a horde of vivid characters whose history and fate swiftly charm us.”
Kitty Fitzgerald, author of Pigtopia
ISBN 978 1 906700 997; Red Squirrel Press, 2015.