fine writing by lesbians and gay men since 1999
A lesbian and gay fantasy novel, 19th century in style and set in an alternative universe on a continent which is a blend of Britain, Africa and North America. Allis, a young disabled woman is suddenly returned to Merle House, the family home in the country, after a childhood largely spent in sanatoria.
On this isolated estate dominated by her autocratic father and with a mother who has withdrawn from her husband's tyranny, Allis is reintroduced to her older siblings and cousins, gradually becoming aware of their sexuality and her own, of the haunting of their uncle and of internal hatreds.
Merle's only link with the outside world, where insurrections have begun against an authoritarian empire is the Saigas, the vestige of a semi-nomadic tribe of horse people.
Resilient and vulnerable by turns, Allis attempts, not always
successfully, to control her own life and make her own choices, discovering she is not the person she had thought she was.
ISBN: 978 1 904585 04 6
500 pages paperback; £8.99
OUT OF PRINT
Elsa Wallace grew up in Central Africa and came to London in 1969 to live with the partner with whom she still shares her life. She works with voluntary organisations concerned with human and animal welfare.
Elsa Wallace's short stories have been widely published and broadcast. Lord Hyaena is her first novella.
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