In a far future city, where you can fall to a government cull for a single mistake, And What Can We Offer You Tonight tells the story of Jewel, established courtesan in a luxurious House. Jewel’s world is shaken when her friend is murdered by a client, but somehow comes back to life. To get revenge, they will both have to confront the limits of loyalty, guilt, and justice.
Premee Mohamed is an Indo-Caribbean scientist and speculative fiction author based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the author of novels Beneath the Rising (2020) and A Broken Darkness (2021), and novellas These Lifeless Things (2021), And What Can We Offer You Tonight (2021), and The Annual Migration of Clouds (2021). Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues and she can be found on Twitter at @premeesaurus and on her website at http://premeemohamed.com.
“And What Can We Offer You Tonight is a deep dive into sacred revenge, a vivid, devastating and exquisite story of love and loyalty, among three friends who cannot ill afford such luxuries. Premee Mohamed offers a meticulously balanced cocktail of heartbreak, compromise and consequence, a mixture whose flavour that will seep into your marrow and print itself into your blood forever.”—L.X. Beckett, author of Gamechanger and Dealbreaker
“Mohamed weaves a most beautiful and powerful spell with a thin crust of gorgeous prose and coy smiles barely hiding the powerful, growing rage beneath. Much like the dead, it’s a tale that keeps haunting long after the story ends.”—Leigh Harlen, author of Queens of Noise
“Sometimes your own justice is the only kind you can get. Jewel lives in a future of luxury, spectacle, and wealth, but the rot doesn’t even bother to try to hide itself. Reveling in the disparity is the point, for the elite who come to the House of Bicchieri for the pleasure of doing anything they want. What follows after a client does just that is Jewel’s story to tell in the admiration-soaked narration of The Great Gatsby, if Gatsby rose from her coffin in her most elegant gown and avenged herself. And What Can We Offer You Tonight questions the notion that we must be better victims than the villains who don’t care how they hurt us—and then shows us how it feels when justice rings true.”—C.L. Polk, author of The Midnight Bargain
“And What Can We Offer You Tonight is an alluring fever dream where magic, science and death all blur together. Mohamed’s prose begs you to lean in close to its whispered song before seizing you by the throat without remorse, and the only choice that is left is to surrender yourself to it once and for all.” —Jordan Shiveley, author of Dread Singles