In THE CERITH FLOWER, a misfit’s suicidal quest to save a friend from deadly hunters drives her to question old familiar bonds and trust new dangerous ones—all while coming face to face with a reality she'd rather escape.

In an alternate earth where civilization has reverted back to hunter-gatherers, a young woman named Symphony exists at the edge of sanity. Symphony lives in two worlds. In one, her daily reality, she is a member of a nomadic tribe that hides from nocturnal creatures known as poachers, mysterious predators that troll the habitat for human skins. In the other world, a dreamscape of her past, she finds balance: she is loved, safe from harm, and free to run at night. Either way, Symphony knows the importance of kin since she’s the sole member of her family to have survived the Forsakening, catastrophic events that drew time toward its end.

Then Symphony meets the Kid, a reclusive, mute inventor from another tribe. She finds herself inexplicably drawn to his wild darkness—even after he is compelled to try to kill her. Despite her irrational curiosity about the Kid, Symphony complies when their elders order the two misfits apart given the near-fatal incident. Days later, poachers capture Symphony's dearest friend, and she can no longer take solace in her dreamscape. Her balance gone, she ignores her elder's warnings and runs away to save her friend. Her path leads her back to the Kid, who agrees to help Symphony hunt down the poachers—a forbidden act tantamount to suicide. As the two venture through an unforgiving landscape, their plight leads them deeper into the unknown. Symphony begins to question the ends of her pursuit. It could lead her to something she’d rather not find—something much more personal than saving her friend.

Complete at 93,000 words, THE CERITH FLOWER weaves elements of surrealism, romance, and suspense into an upmarket fantasy. Aimed at fans of Erin Morgenstern or N.K. Jemisin, the work explores what it means to be human through one woman’s quest to heal her heart. I studied creative writing at the Humber School for Writers and obtained an interdisciplinary PhD from York University. My recent publications include nonfiction essays on posthumanism and surrealism, both topics that influence my storytelling.

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