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Tender Morsels

Margo Lanagan



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01 March 2010
Liga's life is filled with dark hearts and foul deeds. So she chooses a protective path of natural magic to find a safe other-worldly place for herself and her two daughters. But when magicked bears and mischief men break the borders of their refuge the girls must face the truth, and engage with the appeal and risk of the real raw world.

Tender Morsels unflinchingly explores the evil and sweetness in the world and the magic of learning to live with both.

'One of my favourite books in ages.powerful and moving.' Neil Gaiman 'Tender funny, tragic, wise, tender and beautifully written. It also left me gasping with shock'. Meg Rosoff '.a towering work of imagination in which a supremely talented writer opens rich new frontiers.' Sydney Morning Herald 'Give over to the pull of this story and you will be transported.' The Age 'An exquisite novel.' Weekend Australian 'A wonderful and thought-provoking story examining the human condition, set in a world where anything is possible.' Herald Sun '.a marvel to read and will only further solidify Lanagan's place at the very razor's edge of YA speculative fiction.' Booklist
By:   Margo Lanagan
Imprint:   ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 200mm
Weight:   360g
ISBN:   9781741758160
ISBN 10:   1741758165
Pages:   396
Publication Date:   01 March 2010
Recommended Age:   From 15
Audience:   Young adult ,  General/trade ,  Preschool (0-5) ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Margo Lanagan is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. Her three collections of short stories have been rapturously reviewed around the world and have garnered many awards, nominations and shortlistings. Tender Morsels & Black Juice were both Michael L. Printz Honor Books, and Black Juice won two World Fantasy Awards and the 2004 Victorian Premier's Award for Young Adult Fiction. Red Spikes won the CBCA 2007 Book of the Year: Older Readers and was a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Horn Book Fanfare title, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Margo lives in Sydney.

Reviews for Tender Morsels

Theology needs the literary imagination and, indeed, will not survive without it. However, a responsible imagination is never imagination for imagination's sake, for it is connected to the gendered, ethnic, class, national, and postcolonial realities of identity, of real people living in the world. The essays collected here show where, when, and how the creative forces of literature can meet theology, and how such an intersection makes a difference for that practical mode of thinking we call ethics. --S. Brent Plate, author of Walter Benjamin, Religion, and Aesthetics, editor of Religion, Art, and Visual Culture <br> These essays in Theology and Literature enable their reader to discover how a strongly centrifugal effect, produced by a rich array of texts, locations, and issues, can coincide with the centripetal effect of securing reading as moral, spiritual practice. --Professor Wesley A. Kort, Chair, Department of Religion, Duke University In this new millennium, where the question of responsibility - personal, corporate, national, global - hits us with new force, the old jouissance of textual engagement has given way to a renewed ethical imperative. It is reassuring to see a volume like this take seriously the question of reading, and indeed writing, responsibly, not by tossing out the last fifty years, but by provoking us into new ways of appropriating the textual concerns of yesterday for the new ethical demands of today. This is a timely and important book, therefore: diverse in its range of genre and tradition, yet singular in its focus on what it means to be responsible with the texts and theories that we have inherited and that we now employ. --Andrew W. Hass, University of Stirling <p>

  • Commended for Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature 2009.
  • Commended for The World Fantasy Convention 2009
  • Commended for The World Fantasy Convention 2009 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Novel 2008 (Australia)
  • Shortlisted for Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2009.
  • Shortlisted for Shirley Jackson Awards: Novel Category 2009.
  • Winner of Ditmar Award for Best Australian Long Fiction 2009.

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