Series: none (anthology)
Genre: YA contemporary, fantasy, short stories
Release Date: August 28, 2018 (hardcover)
Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.
History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features sixteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure—and to kill.
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 in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. In Reconstruction-era Texas, 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 in order to destroy their captors.
This collection reveals a universal truth: there’s nothing more powerful than a teenage girl who believes in herself.
Edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe, with stories by: Brandy Colbert, Zoraida Córdova, Andrea Cremer, Kate Hart, Emery Lord, Elizabeth May, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tehlor Kay Mejia, 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)