On Snakes & Other Stories by Yrsa Daley-Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This collection of short stories approaches subjects such as mental illness, religion, sexuality and the representation of black women.

Ward’s will to gain her power back as a black woman is evident. From a destructive encounter with a lover’s long-lost sister in On Snakes, to a delirious but inevitably doomed night in Manchester in This Blue, Blue Air. Additionally there’s a relationship between family members in bloom (but not for long) in The Way That Things Feel, and reflections on personal value in Love and Money.

With a clear, confident voice and a comforting and often poignant intimacy, the Lancashire-born writer’s debut is a series of adventures with fascinating characters and emotionally charged unpredictability.

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