Friday Book Share #7

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It’s Friday again! Which means it’s time for #FridayBookShare, a wonderful tag created by Shelley Wilson. This tag lets us tell people about wonderful books we love, and is there anything better than talking about our favourite books?

So why don’t you recommend a book too? What you need to do, if you want to share it, is complete the following for a book of your choosing:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

So what is the book I have prepared for you today? Get ready for…

FEN, by DAISY JOHNSON

This book surprised me in ways very few other books have. The stories contained here subvert and twist everything we know about reality and presents the resulting chaos very matter-of-factly. In this book, Daisy Johnson has created her very own folklore, and it’s terrifying and fascinating.

Let’s delve deeper into it.

First line of the book

The land was drained.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb

Daisy Johnson’s Fen is a liminal land. Real people live their lives here. They wrestle with familiar instincts, with sex and desire, with everyday routine. But the wild is always close at hand, ready to erupt. This is a place where animals and people commingle and fuse, where curious metamorphoses take place, where myth and dark magic still linger. So here a teenager may starve herself into the shape of an eel. A house might fall in love with a girl. A woman might give birth to a – well what?

English folklore and a contemporary eye, sexual honesty and combustible invention – in Fen, these elements have come together to create a singular, startling piece of modern fiction.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

This is a collection of short stories, so there are many main characters.

Delightful design

fen

Audience appeal

Anyone who is into horror, folklore, fairy tales, all of it sparkled with weird and bizarre overtones—and I mean that in the most flattering way. This is a book that keeps surprising you with every paragraph. If you like finding unexpected, unexpectable stories that will keep you fascinated and horrified, this will be perfect for you!

Your favourite line/scene

I carried her as far as the school field. Paused at the stile to rest. The canal ran deep there, was mired over with weeds and nettles. I lay her on the ground, jerked her free from the towel, pushed her sideways into the water. She did not roll her white belly to message me goodbye or send a final ripple.

Only ducked deep and was gone.

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