‘How To Bring Him Back‘ by Claire HM

forthcoming from Fly on the Wall press (8 October – 100 pages)

‘If I was going to cast a spell tonight, this night of a full arse moon as stark and crunchy as a ten-day crust of snow, I’d start by telling the earth to spin in the opposite direction.

By what power?

By the power of my pen.’

‘How to Bring Him Back’ is a novella framed by a spell to let go of all the stories and regrets that won’t let you go. It’s 90s Birmingham and Cait is post-university, aimless and working in a dive bar. She’s caught between Stadd, who’s stable, funny, compatible as a friend, and her compulsive sexual attraction with Rik. Present day Cait picks up her pen, on her yearly writing retreat to Aberystwyth, and addresses an absent Stadd with the lessons she has learnt from her past.

Exploring the dynamics of desire and consent while reflecting upon the damage people can inflict on each other in relationships, Claire is an exciting and bold writer for the modern age.

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