Short stories in the genre Folk Tale.
Listing 18 stories.
A woman leaves her island home to serve at a créche on the mainland in a poor area of the city. There, she falls in love with one of the children she cares for and wants him as her own, but his mother commits a crime that puts the boy out of reach.
Loanna asks her Iya why everyone calls her two-headed and Iya tells the story of what happened just before Loanna was born; how she bartered with the god Ajala to receive two heads instead of one.
On a ship journeying from earth to a post-apocalyptic world, a young mother gives birth to a daughter with white fur. The mother, who's been having strange dreams about a bear prince, wonders if her child's unique appearance is related to these visions.
A young girl in a futuristic village in Africa challenges the gender roles of her people's culture, much to the frustration of the village's central authoritative figure, a male witch doctor.
Warrior Dossouye crosses paths with the cursed song-teller Gimmile, never to be the same again.
A young woman grows up without magic in a magical family and society, with strict rules and roles that are often tied to gender. When she sets off on a journey and her adult life begins, she finds her worldview tested—especially when members of her family come out as transgender and begin to transition.
After a young woman inherits a mythical Caribbean trait from her bloodline, her grandmother must intervene to make sure she is not overcome by it.
A boy runs away from an abusive household and a magical figure from a cautionary tale: the Fool-Killer. Fear of the Fool-Killer shapes his whole life as he tries his best to live honestly and un-foolishly.
An imagined story of how the Brothers Grimm wrote "Hansel and Gretel" reveals that the classic tale contains notions of suppressed sexuality which affect generations of readers.
A woman shares her unpublished account of leading an all-woman expedition to the South Pole from Chile years before the first expedition arrived in 1912.