Burnt Sugar: A Never Afters Tale

Burnt Sugar: A Never Afters Tale

by Kirstyn McDermott


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Burnt Sugar is a dark and evocative re-imagining of a classic story from the award-winning Kirstyn McDermott. Ideal for fans of Jane Yolen, Theodora Goss, and Catherynne M. Valente.

Decades after the incident in the woods, Gretel has forged a good life in a small village, running a bakery and taking care of her brother and the stray, bedraggled women who find work as her apprentices. Business is good, and when it's not, Gretel took more from the witch than a knack of making sweet treats and gingerbread, just as her brother returned home forever changed by the torture he experienced.

The book of magic hidden beneath the stairs has kept Gretel and her household comfortable for years, but it also calls to Gretel in the night, demanding she return to the woods and replace the witch they killed. For years, she's been resisting, determined to keep Hansel and her apprentices safe.

Then Hansel's drinking goes too far and Gretel realises her brother is dying. Finally, the seductive call of the book's magic might be too strong to deny...

Burnt Sugar is the first novella in Kirstyn McDemott's Never Afters series. Dark, powerful, and brimming with magic, these tales weave a reimagined world in which fairy-tale girls grow up to find both love and heartbreak, family and friendship, loss and forgiveness.

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ISBN-13: 9781922479204
Publisher: Brain Jar Press
Publication date: 02/15/2022
Pages: 34
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.08(d)

About the Author

Kirstyn McDermott has been working in the darker alleyways of speculative fiction for much of her career. She is the author of two award-winning novels, Madigan Mine and Perfections, and a collection of short fiction, Caution: Contains Small Parts. Her stories and poetry have been published in various magazines, journals and anthologies both within Australia and internationally, with her most recent work being Never Afters, a series of novellas that retell classic fairy tales. She holds a PhD in creative writing with a research focus on re-visioned fairy tales and produces and co-hosts a literary discussion podcast, The Writer and the Critic. Kirstyn lives in Ballarat, Australia, with fellow writer Jason Nahrumg and two distinctly non-literary felines. She can be found online at www.kirstynmcdermott.com.

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