Battered or bruised, jaded or jilted – the human heart somehow endures.
A lonely woman spends a perfect night with a stranger, yet is their connection enough to make her realise life is worth living? Maya, a refugee, wears a bracelet strung with charms that are a lifeline to her past; when the past catches up with her, she has a difficult decision to make. Rowe’s life on the Yorkshire coast is already mapped out for him, but when there is an accident at the steelworks he knows he has to flee from an intolerable future. In the Costa prize-winning ‘Red’, Mollie is desperate to leave Oakridge Farm and her abusive stepfather, to walk free with the stray dog she has named Hal.
These stories transport the reader from India to Japan, from mid-west America to the north-east coast of England, from New York to London. They are stories filled with yearning and hope, the search for connection and the longing to escape.
The resilience and frailty of the human heart lie at the core of this second short story collection from award-winning author, Amanda Huggins.
About the author
Amanda Huggins is the author of the short story collection Separated From The Sea, which received a Special Mention at the 2019 Saboteur Awards. She has also published a flash fiction collection, Brightly Coloured Horses (Chapeltown Books), and a poetry collection The Collective Nouns for Birds (Maytree Press). Her short fiction, poetry and travel writing have also appeared in numerous anthologies, literary journals, newspapers and magazines. In 2018 she was awarded third prize in the Costa Short Story Award, and she has been placed and listed in numerous other competitions, including Fish, Bridport, Bath, InkTears, the Alpine Fellowship Writing Award and the Colm Toibin International Short Story Award. Her travel writing has won several awards, notably the BGTW New Travel Writer of the Year in 2014, and she has twice been a finalist in the Bradt Guides Travel Writer of the Year Award. Amanda grew up on the North Yorkshire coast, moved to London in the 1990s, and now lives in West Yorkshire and works full time in engineering.