'Alive with humour, wit and subtle observations...and, then, when we're least expecting it, a darkness, a deeper reality, a shadow that creeps up behind and holds up a mirror.' -Christy Lefteri, author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo 'Brotzel's prose style is anarchic and economical. His dialogue fizzes along brilliantly and he's genuinely a laugh-out-loud writer, but with some real pathos and depth to his characters too.' -C.M. Taylor, author of Premiership Psycho and Staying On A woman granted a superpower discovers it’s more trouble than it’s worth. A neighbourhood forum becomes the setting for a bizarre ghost story. A children’s entertainer wrestles with problems that are nothing to joke about. A harassed dad attempts to meet the challenge of the primary school cake competition. By turns tender and satirical, witty and bizarre, the stories in this debut collection cast a fresh eye on first-world problems. Funny and humane, they zoom in on the absurdities and poignancies in work, family, love and loss in our frenetic modern lives.