“I was made for him.” This is the thought Sophia wakes to every morning. She is the perfect wife for her perfect husband, in her perfect house, in the perfect neighborhood. But her husband is away working so often, which she knows is for her. To provide for her. But when he’s gone she can’t help but wonder about things she shouldn’t -- like the basement she’s not allowed in, the locked left drawer of her vanity, and how her neighbors can’t quite look her in the eyes when she asks questions. Sparse & slim but not lacking in descriptive, beautiful prose and plenty of twists, this new novella is Cat Valente at her sharpest.— From KelleyAnn Staff Picks
“I raced through this novella in one sitting before bed and paid for it in my dreams, but the nightmares were worth it! Comfort Me With Apples reads like Angela Carter retelling the story of Adam and Eve: it’s lush, eerily off-kilter, sensual, and so, so creepy.”
— Lauren Peugh, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
Comfort Me With Apples is a terrifying new thriller from bestseller Catherynne M. Valente, for fans of Gone Girl and Spinning Silver
Sophia was made for him. Her perfect husband. She can feel it in her bones. He is perfect. Their home together in Arcadia Gardens is perfect. Everything is perfect.
It's just that he's away so much. So often. He works so hard. She misses him. And he misses her. He says he does, so it must be true. He is the perfect husband and everything is perfect.
But sometimes Sophia wonders about things. Strange things. Dark things. The look on her husband's face when he comes back from a long business trip. The questions he will not answer. The locked basement she is never allowed to enter. And whenever she asks the neighbors, they can't quite meet her gaze....
But everything is perfect. Isn't it?
Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (and the four books that followed it). She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Eugie Foster Memorial, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, and Hugo awards, as well as the Prix Imaginales. Valente has also been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.
Find out more on her website and on Twitter!
Praise for Comfort Me With Apples
“No one can move from sweet whimsy to bone-deep dread with the deftness of Catherynne M. Valente. Comfort Me With Apples is a darkly elegant fairytale-horror story that will haunt you in the best ways. Move it to the top of your TBR.” —Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author
“A lush and furious fairytale. Valente always delivers.” —Laurie Penny, screenwriter for The Haunting of Bly Manor and author of Everything Belongs to the Future
“I just about melted into the story, and someone will have to comb through Valente's exquisite prose to fish out my skeleton because I was wholly lost in the tale. It was so clever, so nefarious, so, well, Valente. To me, she's Angela Carter with knives for teeth.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author
“Comfort Me With Apples is a furious and tantalizingly crooked domestic mystery, as slim and sharp as a needle.” —Melissa Albert, bestselling author of The Hazel Wood
“Valente's prose is crystalline as always: airy, beautiful, perfect as Sophia herself. But under all that beauty, there is an open wound bleeding so much rage. Comfort Me With Apples is the first book in a long time that has managed to surprise me: an experience both cathartic and unforgettable.” —Cassandra Khaw, award-winning author