A disenchanted wife embarks on a one-night stand… A wheelchair-bound poet comes home to roost, upsetting the balance of his carer’s life… A troubled mother finds solace in an unusual place… A man begins to steal office stationery for no apparent reason… The stories in Shreya Sen-Handley’s Strange are about everyday people whose lives take unforeseen turns. Suddenly, they find themselves drawn inexorably into encounters and situations that weren’t part of their plan, but which result in the shocking revelation of buried parts of their psyches. This is a book that will have you engrossed as you try to guess what happens at the end of each story, and its characters will haunt you for a long time after you’ve turned the last page.
Shreya Sen-Handley is an author, journalist, illustrator and librettist. After years of writing and filming for international media organizations, National Geographic, the Guardian, the Times of India, MTV and BBC among them, she has embarked on a book- and opera-writing adventure, collaborating with the Welsh National Opera on a production that will tour the UK in 2020, and HarperCollins on several books including the award-winning Memoirs of My Body.
Read: The Problem with Potatoes by Shreya Sen-Handley, Open Road Review
Prompt: Pick a time this week to look out of the front window. You might choose an early morning slot and observe the school run, or at lunch-time. Sit for 10 minutes and write down what you see. Can you weave a story from your observations?