You know three things about girls who get taken. They are sluts. They come from bad homes. They are not you.
Girls Who Get Taken & Other Stories is a collection of contemporary short stories, following girls and women from puberty to pensionhood, that melds the surreal with the everyday and blurs the lines between memoir and fiction. Throughout the stories, ordinary and mundane places – classrooms, beaches, homes – are disrupted and disordered by the women contained (or refusing to be) within them.
Although each tale considers a different character, unifying themes run throughout the collection: fear of growing up, inability to fit in with the world, an unwillingness to accept ourselves or our lives as as they really are. These stories are often dark, tense and undoubtedly strange, but the collection is also imbued with hope, humour and relatability.
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.