A love story set in a world of water, a sea story, sex and love and money stories, sad and happy stories of snow and prehistory. This collection includes stories that have been published in literary magazines and newspapers, and included in international anthologies. The characters are vividly real, the problems they face devastating, and their solutions heartrending or funny or horrifying.
In a story set on a planet inhabited by a mixture of humans who have evolved to live under the sea and invaders who have genetically engineered their bodies, the story of a judicial murder and its consequences are told by a girl on the brink of adolescence, whose forbidden love is one of the factors in the trial. In another story a lover devoted after years travels to the west-of-Ireland town determined to win back the singer he adores, but as he waits for her in her empty house, his longing changes to something more sinister. In an alternative Dublin a wealthy young Muslim, scion of an industrial family, has a life-changing encounter with a prostitute, in a story based on the model of mediaeval love songs. In a world overtaken by ice and snow, a child queen battles bears and takes wolves as her allies to win freedom for her people. For reader safety, these stories should be taken one at a time, like capsules of wonder.