Liga endures unspeakable cruelties at the hands of her father, before being magically granted her own personal heaven, a safe haven from the real world. She raises her two daughters in this alternate reality, and they grow up protected from the violence that once harmed their mother. But the real world cannot be denied forever . . .
Magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga's refuge. Now, having known Heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?
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Funny, tragic, wise, tender and beautifully written. It also left me gasping with shock . . . It is with a mixture of respect and delight that I greet any book capable of blasting an entire genre out of the water with its audacity and grace. Tender Morsels is such a book - Guardian
A striking retelling of the Grimms' Snow WhiteandRose Red, told in a rich yet remote prose style, it is, like Lanagan's awardwinning collection of short stories, Red Spikes, likely to appeal to teenage girls with a taste for the original and the sinister - The Times
A work of genius - Sunday Telegraph
It's a rewardingly complex and emotional story told in highly imaginative prose. The worlds Lanagan creates are so rich and multi-layered it's easy to get lost in the book's 500 pages, never wanting to leave - Scotsman
Ambitious and difficult with multi-layered prose that will work its way into your very soul - The Bookbag
A genre-smashing novel - The Telegraph
It grips the reader from the outset, and as it is read, layer upon layer of psychological and intertextual meaning can be unpicked and analyzed. It is certainly an immensely powerful contribution to both fairy-tale and fantasy genres - Armadillo
Brave and bold - South Wales Evening Post
This is an astonishing and beautifully written novel with very strong cross-over appeal - The Bookseller
To condemn it as merely wilful taboo-breaking is to miss the humanity in what is one of the strangest and most moving works of children's literature I have read in years . . . Look beyond the shocking scenes and this is a novel that explores the most profound human emotions with a clear gaze; it made me weep like a child at the end - Observer
Enthralling, at times unsettling but always richly imagined - Books for Keeps
This is a multi-layered novel which requires and deserves attentive reading, regardless of the reader's age; it is unlikely, though, to have much appeal for the censorious adult or for anyone under 16 - Irish Times
Margo Lanagan is a highly acclaimed writer of novels, short stories and poetry. BLACK JUICE, her second collection of stories, won the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection and RED SPIKES won the Australian Children's Book Council Award for Older Readers in 2007.