Fly Away Home is Marina Warner’s third collection of short stories. Inspired by fairy tales, legends, and mythology, this timeless selection explores the themes of love and war – in families, and between generations. In `Melusine’ a gorgeous mermaid encounters disaster in love and visits her aunt, Morgan le Fay, to pour out her woes ; in `Breadcrumbs’ a hospital patient overhears a night nurse recounting an extraordinary tale of family torn apart under terrifying circumstances.
`Out of the Burning House’ introduces an elderly actor recalling an unusual case of heartbreak at the hands of a TV personality; in `The Difference in the Dose’ a young mother becomes increasingly anxious about the rift between herself and her adoptive mother. And in `Letter to an Unknown Soldier’ a thirteen year-old girl writes a heartrending second letter to an older brother away at war, having had no reply to her first… Like her award-winning novels, Marina Warner’s stories conjure up mysteries and wonders in a physical world, treading a delicate, magical line between the natural and the supernatural, between openness and fear.
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