The Unintended Changeling
Completed 90,000 word manuscript, Upmarket Fiction
Grace wakes up on a sheep farm in Donegal far from her home in Dublin. She is uncertain how she got there, and the situation is complicated by the fact that she has lost the ability to use language and can’t find her purse or mobile phone. Though she is able to communicate through hand gestures and drawings, she ends up trapped on the farm due to her own fear of returning home. She has a difficult relationship with her family, and she is worried that without being able to speak for herself they will no longer consider her opinions. Ultimately she must confront both metaphysical forces and psychological barriers.
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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