Author: Margo Lanagan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Summary:Liga has grown to womanhood in a dark and violent home. Impregnated by her father on multiple occasions and finally gang-raped by a group of town boys, Liga flees to the woods to take her own life and that of her infant’s. Instead, a powerful magic enables her to escape into her own personal heaven, where she raises her two daughters in peace. Yet the borders of her heaven are not secure; when the town witch breaches them for the sake of a self-centered dwarf, visitors begin to come occasionally to Liga’s new world from her old, most often trapped in the form of a wild bear. Though Liga is content, her younger daughter Urdda is restless. Eventually escaping to the real world, Urdda manages to find a powerful sorceress to bring her sister and mother back as well, where they discover that the old witch-woman’s meddlings have created a powerful imbalance in the world. Together they must build a new life for themselves and learn to live again in their real world.
Review:A dark book, Tender Morsels deals with many very serious issues such as incest, abortion, vengeance, and rape, but also takes a look at love. Carolyn Lehman of