A NOVELLA by James Cooper
PUBLICATION DATE: June 2014
EDITIONS: Signed hardback: £25; Jacketed Hardback: £12
COVER ART: Tomislav Tikulin
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Ellie doesn’t understand children. She doesn’t understand what they want or what makes them happy. She doesn’t understand why they’re so mean.
Adults are no better. Her mother spends her days consoling sad, lonely men, mysteriously easing their grief; men like Funeral Lou, lost in his own sorrow, tenderly embalming the dead.
Only Joseph offers Ellie a ray of hope, pointing to a brighter path through the darkness, his carved tiger a symbol of beauty in a morally ambiguous world. A world full of conflicted souls like Gregory, the man Ellie meets in the park, with the colourful, unusual fruit . . .
Strange Fruit is a haunting tale of a young girl’s coming-of age; a dazzling narrative of heartache and hope.