This amazing collection defies definition but the overwhelming feeling on finishing is one of awe. The stories are subversive, beautifully weird, melancholy and suffused with a strange and joyful magic. The characters - both human and otherwise - are brave survivors and hugely memorable. Dip in - then take time to allow each individual story to sink into your consciousness before you return for your next fix. And return you will - it's addictive.
It's not so bad being a dog-faced girl, even a stray. Scared I'd bite the superstitious hand of the village, my mother left me to the nuns. My birth certificate is a sideshow flyer. It says Momma saw a man eaten by a wolf when her belly was a full moon. Then I was born, hairy. I imagine she's howling somewhere.