We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Eugen Bacon’s exquisite novel, A Woman’s Choice, which we will publish in 2019. A speculative fiction novel with elements of fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism, readers will be captivated by Eugen’s story, from the luscious prose, the enchanting worlds, to the spellbinding characters. Although Eugen’s short fiction has been widely published, this is her debut novel and we are so excited to embark on this journey with her.

 

A Woman’s Choice

A Woman’s Choice

Coming 2019!

When a Sayneth priest flouts the conventions of a matriarchal society by naming his child, an act that is only done by the mother, he initiates chaos that splits the boy in two, unleashing a Jekyll-and-Hyde child upon the world and creating ongoing and perplexing consequences. Named T-Mo by his mother and Odysseus by his father, the story spans the boy’s lifetime and is told by Silhouette, Salem and Myra: women linked to him through lineage or passion. As they struggle to confront their fears and navigate the treacherous path to love and acceptance of T-Mo/Odysseus and themselves, the darkness in Odysseus will force them to confront unbearable choices.
About the Book

Recent Press

  • Julian Novitz (novelist, shortlisted Commonwealth Short Story prize 2014) – “A highly imaginative and well written novel with some highly evocative scenes and well realised characters, it uses the conventions of its genre to explore sophisticated themes.”
  • Nike Sulway (author,winner Queensland Premier’s Literary Award 2000) – “The voice is particular and energetic: by far the strongest element of the work. The sentences have a bridling, writhing energy that, at its best, carries the reader forward at a blistering pace. The style is reminiscent of Toni Morrison, particularly in works like The Bluest Eye, where she experiments with non-standard English, but is far more playful. The combination of voice infused with the playful energy of a form of Standard Black English, combined with a story of quests and magic produces a unique work.”
  • Prof. Kevin Brophy (poet, novelist, short fiction writer and essayist, joint winner Calibre prize 2009) – “It is not easy to make a work of fiction keep to its genre boundaries and still be an original work. Eugen Bacon’s novel is ambitious and skillful enough to pull this off. This is a novel with several types of magic in it, the magic of beautiful prose, the magic we expect of these characters, and a magically large heart within the telling.”
  • George Green (author) – “Worlds are described, like those from Calvino’s Imaginary Cities, held up for the reader to admire, and then disappear to invite extrapolation . . . There is magic and magical powers, all described with a delight which is convincing and controlled. There is also realism, of a sort; places where the concerns and actions of the characters are similar to our own . . . The world described here is strange and yet familiar; more importantly, the worlds are fully imagined and fully realised. We are placed into it confidently and with assurance, and allowed to make our own way.”
  • Dominique Hecq (award-winning poet, novelist, short story writer) – “The first thing that strikes me about the novel is how efficiently the mood is set, and how effectively it draws the reader in by way of identification at a deep level. Striking are how efficiently the plot is set in motion and how effectively the cast of characters are drawn in the story. The use of language—the breadth of vocabulary and the attention to detail are absolutely engrossing.”
About the Author
Eugen M. Bacon

Eugen M. Bacon is a computer graduate mentally re-engineered into creative writing and has published over 100 short stories. Her work has won, been shortlisted, longlisted or commended in the Copyright Agency Prize 2017, Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards 2016, Alan Marshall Short Story Award 2016, Lightship Publishing (UK) international short story prize 2013 and Fish Short Story Prize 2013/14. Her articles were nominated for the 2017 Aurealis Convenors Award For Excellence. Eugen’s creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Award Winning Australian Writing, AntipodeanSF, Andromeda, Aurealis, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Breach, Bukker Tillibul, Every Day Fiction, Farther Stars Than These, Horrified Press anthologies, 4 Star Stories, Mascara Literary Review, Meniscus, TEXT, Parentheses, The Victorian Writer, the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild – A Hand of Knaves Anthology and through Routledge in New Writing.