Winner of the Electric Book Award
Each story is fully illustrated by Christina Collins.
"A beautifully vicious first collection of retrofitted fairy tales, with whip-smart swerves, darkly funny moments, and razor-sharp language. Like Angela Carter meets Let the Right One In with a dash of Lady Vengeance tossed in for good measure.
-Brian Evenson, author of Windeye and ALA-RUSA Award-winner Last Days
"You think you know these stories of wolves and witches, wicked parents and wicked children, devils and vampire boyfriends. No, you do not. Here is storytelling that is deft and dangerous. Tales that seem to hold back over a great roiling. Then they don't. They get you."
-Lucy Corin, author of One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses and The Entire Predicament
"Haunting and beautiful, Carmen Lau's collection reads like a fever-dream of all your familiar childhood tales. These stories are at once contemporary and timeless, intertwining modernity and the world of the ever-after with deliriously powerful prose. Readers may need a trail of breadcrumbs or a ball of twine to find their way back to reality-The Girl Wakes is mesmerizing."
-Eric Shonkwiler, author of Above All Men and Moon Up, Past Full
"The 'girl' in Carmen Lau's fictions is a kind of shifter, moving in and out of cracked fairy tales, would-be knock-knock jokes, and scenes that run on the weird but persistent logic of certain dreams. Lau's debut is rich, surprising, assured. Let's take a moment to recognize the emergence of a remarkable new writer."
-Scott Garson, author of Is That You, John Wayne?
"A warning as you set out on the enchanted path Carmen Lau has created: These sharp, surprising stories beckon like the wolf's unhinged jaw; they will delight you, devour you, transform you."
-Elise Winn, Iowa Review Fiction Award and Fairy Tale Review Prose Award Winner
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