Toil & Trouble

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General Info

Series: none (anthology)
Genre: YA contemporary, fantasy, short stories
Release Date: Available now in paperback.


There’s nothing more powerful than a witch who believes in herself.

Women accused of witchcraft. Fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. TOIL & TROUBLE features fifteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies, and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure, to kill…and to live. A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients — and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls for an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. A water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. And in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power…and destroy their captors.

Edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe, with stories by: 

Brandy Colbert
Zoraida Córdova
Kate Hart
Emery Lord
Elizabeth May

Anna-Marie McLemore
Tehlor Kay Meija
Andrea Robertston
Tess Sharpe
Lindsay Smith

Jessica Spotswood
Nova Ren Suma
Robin Talley
Shveta Thakrar
Brenna Yovanoff

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Praise for Toil & Trouble

“The collective impact is undeniably resounding, and the particularly strong back half will leave readers more than a little bewitched themselves.”
Booklist (starred review)

“This powerful and diverse collection is perfect for fans of female-led fantasy stories. No damsels in distress to be found here.” Kirkus (starred review)

“In this provocative, eclectic collection, 16 tales explore the many facets of witchcraft and its practitioners. Settings range from the historical to the contemporary and from factual to outright fantastical; protagonists are culturally and ethnically diverse with substantial LGBTQ representation; and the major unifying theme is female empowerment.” Publishers’ Weekly (starred review)