Behind a Broken Smile
-by Penny Jones-
It’s just a doll, I tell myself as I reach towards it. Nothing more than an old woman’s attempt to reconnect with her granddaughter.”
Behind a Broken Smile brings together 21 uncanny stories of the beauty and horror that lie at the heart of everyday life. From the childish pleasure of clowns and dolls, to the simple scent of flowers or the tang of the sea drifting on the breeze, what brings joy to one can bring terror to another. Penny Jones brings her own unique voice to this collection of harrowing tales.
“Penny Jones’ Behind a Broken Smile contains all the heartbreak of the world. It explores the effects of trauma, abuse, poverty and isolation, the trials of childhood and parenting, and how these interplay with mental illness. Sometimes her writing is delicate, sometimes droll, sometimes shocking, but always pleasingly weird.”