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The Bridge

J.S. Breukelaar



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Meerkat Press
15 September 2021
Meera and her twin sister Kai are Mades — part human and part not — bred in the Blood Temple cult, which only the teenage Meera will survive.

Racked with grief and guilt, she lives in hiding with her mysterious rescuer, Narn — part witch and part not — who has lost a sister too, a connection that follows them to Meera’s enrolment years later in a college Redress Program. There she is recruited by Regulars for a starring role in a notorious reading series and is soon the darling of the lit set, finally whole, finally free of the idea that she should have died so Kai could have lived.

Maybe Meera can be re-made after all, her life redressed.

But the Regulars are not all they seem and there is a price to pay for belonging to something that you don’t understand. Time is closing in on all Meera holds dear—she stands afraid, not just for but of herself, on the bridge between worlds—fearful of what waits on the other side and of the cost of knowing what she truly is.


"Immerses the reader in a complex world with a complicated protagonist … Breukelaar’s dark novel is spellbinding." -   Paula Guran, Locus Magazine

"Gothic and feminist, J. S. Breukelaar’s novel The Bridge is moving in addressing science, sisterhood, and storytelling." - Aimee Jodoin, Foreword Reviews

"A startlingly original novel that dizzyingly keeps erasing and redrawing the distinction between magic and science fiction as it takes apart what it means to belong or not belong. A story about reparations, necromancy, and college cliques, and about the way in which the world, in being made and remade, remains both incandescent and deadly." — Brian Evenson, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of Song for the Unraveling of the World

"The Bridge has one foot in dystopian darkness and one foot deep in a mythology that feels both new and subconsciously familiar. All at once beautiful and terrifying, this is horror that hits close to the heart and close to home." — Sarah Read, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Bone Weaver’s Orchard

"Casts a dark, mesmerizing, poetic spell." — Kaaron Warren, Shirley Jackson Award Winner

"A twisting tale of what it means to live with the scars of your survival that crosses the territory between Shirley Jackson and Emma Cline. The world of The Bridge is as harrowing as it is expertly realised, demonstrating once again that J.S. Breukelaar is a talent to be discovered. Utterly captivating stuff." — Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Migration

"With her latest novel, Breukelaar dives into dark fantasy with a horrifying yet accessible tale of finding your place in the world." — Bob Pastorella, This is Horror
By:   J.S. Breukelaar
Imprint:   Meerkat Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 152mm
ISBN:   9781946154446
ISBN 10:   194615444X
Pages:   260
Publication Date:   15 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

J.S. Breukelaar is the author of the Aurealis-nominated novel Aletheia, and American Monster, a Wonderland Award finalist. She has published stories, poems and essays in publications such as Gamut, Black Static, Unnerving, Lightspeed, Lamplight and elsewhere. She is a columnist and regular instructor at California-born and New York raised, she currently lives in Sydney, Australia with her family. You can find her at

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