You know three things about girls who get taken. They are broken. They come from bad homes. They are not you.
Teenage girls obsess over a glamorous magician’s assistant and the lingering impact she has on their lives. A new mother with post-natal depression bonds with a stranded whale. Grieving parents recreate their children at weekly craft session.
Girls Who Get Taken is a collection in which the seemingly ordinary worlds of women’s lives are subverted, disordered and disrupted by the characters who are contained – or refuse to be – within them.
Although each story in the collection considers a different character, unifying themes run throughout: fear of growing up, inability to fit in with the world, women’s relationships with their bodies, an unwillingness to accept ourselves or our lives as they really are.
A selection of these stories made up my submission to the 2020 Northern Writer’s Awards and I was thrilled to receive a Northern Debut Award from New Writing North.
Originally posted 2018-06-04 15:19:29.