Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales all gathered together in one fabulous bundle.

 

“Am I dead?”
Mebuyen sighs. She was hoping the girl would not ask.

 

Spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales: the magic in Isabel Yap’s debut collection jumps right off the page, from the friendship and fear building in “A Canticle for Lost Girls” to the joy in “A Spell for Foolish Hearts” to the terrifying tension of the urban legend “Have You Heard the One About Anamaria Marquez.”

 

“For those who love urban legends, Yap’s debut collection is one for the top of the TBR pile. From stories about high schoolers to goddesses to androids, Publishers Weekly hails Yap as a powerful new voice in speculative fiction, and Tamsyn Muir (Gideon the Ninth) calls the book a masterclass collection.” — Lyndsie Manusos, Book Riot, 10 Speculative Short Story Collections to Enjoy in 2021