The Unintended Changeling
Completed 90,000 word manuscript, Upmarket Fiction
Grace wakes up on a sheep farm in Ireland and panics when she discovers that she has lost her ability to communicate. After recovering from her initial shock and subsequent depression, Grace realizes that she can’t go home until she has recovered her ability to speak for herself. She struggles to escape the confines of her silence, but ultimately she must come to terms with childhood abuse before she is able to return home.
The Unintended Changeling explores the objectification of leading female characters in fairy tales, by taking a traditional Irish fairy tale and reworking it so that the female protagonist must ultimately fight against her own objectification in order to resolve her situation.
The plot is woven into the seasons so that time and place form one of the primary forces in the story, ultimately dictating Grace’s actions and emotions. Elements of magical realism are used to provide pivotal points of action, and add to the dream-like quality of Grace’s situation.
In progress manuscript
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