Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Toil & Trouble’ [edited] by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a young adult, short story anthology about witches: Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft.

Edited by authors Jessica Spotwood and Tess Sharpe, these sixteen tales about teenage witches span the ages and the genres. From queer witches to waterbenders, this diverse anthology promises to have it all.

Authors you can expect to see in this collection include Emery Lord, Anna-Marie McLemore, Zoraida Córdova, Nova Ren Suma, Robin Talley and more!

Toil & Trouble will appear in cauldrons bookstores near you on August 28, 2018.

Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.

History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features sixteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure—and to kill.

A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients—and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. In Reconstruction-era Texas, a water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. And in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.

This collection reveals a universal truth: there’s nothing more powerful than a teenage girl who believes in herself.

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