Fairlight Moderns: Bottled Goods

Cover illustration for “Bottled Goods,” by Sophie Van Llewyn. It was commissioned as part of the Fairlight Moderns series by Fairlight Books, a publisher of literary short fiction.

From the publisher:

When Alina’s brother-in-law defects to the West, she and her husband become persons of interest to the secret services, causing both of their careers to come grinding to a halt.

As the strain takes its toll on their marriage, Alina turns to her aunt for help – the wife of a communist leader and a secret practitioner of the old folk ways.

Set in 1970s communist Romania, Sophie van Llewyn’s novella-in-flash draws upon magic realism to weave a tale of everyday troubles, that can’t be put down.

AD: Gabriele Gaizutyte/ Designer: Sara Wood