In this wildly imaginative debut collection whimsical fairy tales of princesses and farm girls turn dark and dark tales of mistreated sideshow freaks turn whimsical. An itinerant marionette falls prey to a lusty mesmerist. An alcoholic camp counselor is haunted by her dead best friend. A juvenile delinquent languishes in a boot camp run by authoritarian grandmas. Be they human monsters or reluctant moth-girls the outcasts that populate these eleven compelling stories all long for escape community acceptance and self-discovery.
Kimberly Lojewski is a native Floridian. She has an MA in English from Florida Gulf Coast University and an MFA from University of Massachusetts Amherst's Poet's and Writer's Program. Her stories have been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes and have appeared in PANK Drunken Boat Gargoyle and elsewhere. Her story "Baba Yaga's House of Forgotten Things" won a 2013 Best of the Net Award.