‘To make a pact with the thing that threatens you is arguably the smartest trick of all.’ From the brilliant, sui generis Anne Serre come three bewitching, thoroughly out-of-the-way tales, in which kernels of trauma, loss, loneliness and obsession are glimpsed through the glittering gauze of fiction. ‘The Fool’ may have stepped out of a tarot pack – to walk a mountain trail or worm his way into a writer’s mind. ‘The Narrator’ proposes his mirror image, a storyteller in sheep's clothing, who has a bone to pick with language. The power of narrative to trump a stark reality is perhaps at its strongest in the last story; in ‘The Wishing Table’ the orgiastic antics of an incestuous family are recounted by one of three daughters. A dream logic rules each of these unpredictable, sensual, and surreal stories: romps no doubt, yet deeply moral, and entirely unforgettable ones.