“Eelgrass,” a fantasy novel. In Irish folklore, a selkie is a seal who can take off her sealskin like a coat and become a woman, seducing fishermen anywhere she goes. If he steals her sealskin, she is bound to his home, marrying him and mothering his children – unless she can find it and escape, leaving her family on shore forever.
In this lesbian reimagining of tales about women and the sea, Efa is having too much fun to worry about stories. Too young to have earned respect in her village, she spends her days roving with her beautiful and vivacious best friend, Bettan — until the night Bettan disappears into a rainstorm, and Efa can’t shake the certainty that she’s been taken.
Desperate to rescue her friend, Efa seeks out the fishwives, half-human fish who dwell under the tides and kill sailors with their sharp teeth and alluring songs. She doesn’t expect to find Ninka, an outrageous young woman who makes her feel giddy and who might be the key to unlocking her own courage.
“Stay,” a fantasy short story. A girl is born with magic, but a woman can choose how to use it. Maria is an herb witch fading into old age and finally forgetting old mistakes. When Catherine, her first friend and girlhood temptation, comes begging to be rescued, Maria has to choose between mercy and her increasingly murky principles.
“In the Bedroom,” a science fiction short story. They have a beautiful family – something Paris had despaired of ever having as a teenager – and even nursing his husband through a sudden illness is its own kind of joy. But when the fever breaks, something has changed.