Series: none (anthology)
Genre: YA contemporary, fantasy, short stories
Release Date: Available now in hardcover. Coming Sept 7, 2021 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:
Tehlor Kay Meija
Nova Ren Suma
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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)