She Gives Us Mushrooms is the riveting and strange story of Bella, a mushroom hunting tour guide living in the woods, who finds the popularity of her tours growing rapidly out of control whilst old friends from her past appear uninvited.
Thoughtful, psychedelic, rainy and enigmatic. This debut novel follows Bella for three eventful days as she contends with a looming ecological disaster, lurking drinking problem, endless mushroom hunters, mysterious happenings and a world that might be ending.
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“So I thought about ash. And I realized I don’t know anything about ash. I don’t know if ash is only ever the ruins of something having been burnt. I’d like to think that ash was something broader. That many things could result in ash. It felt like Olema and I were generating ash by just sitting there on a rotten log shoulder to shoulder passing the whisky between us and that the ash was rising off us like snow drifting up in reverse.”
Behold the reveries that wiggle forth from the magical mind of the writer Tom Offland. Every page of this book is so packed with insight on everything that is human, and everything that is nature (including of course, mycelium); reading it felt like lightbulbs going off one after another in my mind as I made my way through the thickly forested rain-drenched world of Tom’s creation. The fact that the book takes place almost in real time over the course of three days makes it possible to slip seamlessly into its narrative, almost like you’re experiencing it right along with the characters. Simple narratively, yet intricately crafted, it’s the perfect book for anyone who may find themselves tucked away inside a little wooden cabin on a rainy day in the woods — or anyone who would like to be.
Tom Offland is a UK born painter and author living in San Francisco. His writing has appeared in Litro, Visions, The Junket, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Best of British Fantasy 2019 and elsewhere. Shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and Christopher Tower Prize, Tom was also a commended Foyles Young Poet of the Year. He holds a Masters of Mathematics from Warwick University.
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