A collection of short stories. Here’s a review at PANK.

Bound by Blue by Meg Tuite sparkles darkly with dense, poetic prose also resembling a hidden knife or gag in the deepest shade of indigo. At the heart of Tuite’s work is memory—specifically, often, the memory of sexual trauma. From externally successful medical student Audrey in ‘The F Word,’ whose revisited sexual past spurs a destructive eating disorder that nearly debilitates her current romantic relationship, to the sweet seven year old Marliss in ‘The Tooth Fairy,’ writing with a child’s literacy to the Tooth Fairy in the nearly impossible hope of being saved from her brother’s molesting friend, Tuite deftly runs the gamut of characters emerging from the camp of life’s walking wounded. Often, I found, while reading this collection, that I had to pause and absorb, spend a moment away after reading one particular story or another. Tuite’s work is that dark, trenchant, and powerful. The binding garotte here is that of forced silences, of invisible shames, of acts of violence done by one individual to another, the cumulative maimed butterfly effect of these agents—and be forewarned, with the aid of Tuite’s deft skill, the monsters are out of the closets, lingering with lambs, in this explosive collection where even the darkest of her characters is acerbically revealed as human, multi-faceted, and just flawed enough to be somewhat sympathetic in a horrifying and double-edged way that only increases the reader’s understanding of their abuse’s terrifying resonance for their victims.”

—Heather Fowler, Author of This Time, While We’re Awake

 

Reviews

Mad Hatter

PANK

“Meg Tuite’s stories are intense, blinking rooms with mirrored windows and revolving doors. We wear her characters’ scars, and we are haunted by their thoughts. It would all seem terrible if we weren’t so intoxicated by Tuite’s voice, its inviting, fragrant nectar; she writes requiems for fever dreams.”
–Jen Michalski, author of The Tide King and Could You Be With Her Now

“It’s hard not to feel the range of human emotion when you read Bound by Blue. Meg Tuite’s stories are beautifully painful and painfully beautiful. These characters will stick with you so long, you’ll remember them as people you actually knew.”
—Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Wonder Bread Summer

“Meg Tuite’s quirky worlds force a funhouse mirror in front of the freak show of life. There’s poison buried deep in the candy that’s Bound By Blue, but you will be a better person, once you’ve let it kill you softly—the ache, the beauty and the pain molding you into a more perfect being.”
—Brian Allen Carr, author of Vampire Conditions

“Meg Tuite writes these stories like secret storms. You won’t notice until after how wrecked the lawn of your brain has become, as these stories sneak up and roll over you in the best way. Tuite’s characters are the bravest frightened animals, caught out in a bright light—their beautiful, terrible choices exposed and devastating.”
—Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies

“Deep empathy rises inside you as you read Meg Tuite’s brilliant story collection, Bound By Blue. From the first page, the characters, their flaws, their movements are so alive you feel as if you know them – and you do – because they are a part of you. Stunning, thought-provoking, gripping, these exquisite stories
mix haunting memories with humor and grit. They will leave you with a stronger sense of our shared humanity. A masterful story collection.”
—Deborah Henry, author of The Whipping Club (named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 and selected for O Magazine July Summer Reading Issue)

Stories by Meg Tuite
186 pages
5.25 x 8″ paperback
$14.95 $11.95

Cover painting by Goro Endow

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