"Lamaga's stories are magical, but they're not the same old magic. Old magic is made new again, and new magic blooms in the most unexpected places. With a remarkable range for a slender volume, these stories are delightful, moving, and just plain fun."
−Dennis Danvers, author of The Circuit of Heaven
"... richly imagined, delightfully various, subtle, mysterious, humane, and very welcome additions to the growing canon of the American Fantastic."
−Tom De Haven, author of It's Superman!
"Melanie Lamaga's stories are weird, wry, startling and passionate. The reader stands entranced on a rocky headland, watching sleek marvels crest the surface all around."
−Andy Duncan, author of The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories
"A collection of beautiful, eerie stories that hover on the cusp between nightmare and sunlit dreaming, the everyday and the never-was, Melanie Lamaga's striking debut will appeal to readers of Karin Tidbeck, Kelly Link, and other writers who explore the literary twilight country of our unspoken fears and desires."
−Elizabeth Hand, author of Available Dark and Errantry
"...bends both reality and the conventions of storytelling. In magical vignettes that transport readers back and forth in time and place, Lamaga's characters confront alter-egos and shadows at every turn. These are thought-provoking, edgy, unconventional narratives that leave a reader both shocked and delighted."
−Sheri Reynolds, author of The Rapture of Canaan
About the Author
Lamaga has a lifelong love of magical realism, metaphysical fiction and the fantastic. "Books that wake me up or make me dream, books that open a window where before there was only blank wall--that's what I look for as a reader and try to create as a writer."