In Malaysia, a young girl discovers the seeds of friendship turning into love. A ghostly aunt causes more trouble than she’s worth, and a sea-monster yearns for her poolside home. Family secrets confound two widows in Northumberland, and a third turns to the sea for comfort.
The stories in Subjunctive Moods are based around those tiny moments of missed connection and of realisation: the heartbeats by which we all grow up.
Featuring CG Menon’s prize-winning writing alongside her most recent stories, Subjunctive Moods is a collection exploring the complexities of human relationships, cultural identity, and finding your way back home.
CG Menon has won the Bare Fiction Prize, the Leicester Writes Prize, The Short Story Award, the Asian Writer Prize, The TBL Short Story Award and the Winchester Writers Festival award. She’s been shortlisted for the Fish short story prize, the Short Fiction Journal awards, as well as the Willesden Herald, Rubery and WriteIdea prizes and the Fiction Desk Newcomer award. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies and broadcast on radio. She is currently studying for a creative writing MA at City University and working on her first novel.
"CG Menon weaves magic with her poetic language in this collection. The rich and delicately nuanced stories explore the wider perspectives of the world and its inner landscapes." Susmita Bhattacharya
"In lush, mesmeric prose, Menon drew me into haunted, heady worlds, where spite is met with small insurrections, memory acts to curdle the present, but the ache of life is always eased by its astonishing sensory richness. This collection is a feast." Zoe Gilbert
"CG Menon’s work is filled with the confidence of a writer assured of who she is, and what she has to say. Her prose glitters with delicate gems. Either singularly or as a whole, these quiet stories expand the parameters of literature by British Asian writers, taking bold and exciting leaps. In these increasingly hopeful times, Menon brings news from an unknown country; the bright, progressive future, where literature’s unafraid of straying from what’s expected, opening its arms to embrace the world." Courttia Newland
PUBLICATION DATE: 5th July 2018