The city is crumbling . . . . Clouds over Nowy Solum have not parted in a hundred years. Gods have deserted their temples. In the last days of a dying city, the decadent chatelaine chooses a forbidden lover, separating twin outcasts and setting them on independent trajectories that might finally bring down the palace. Then, screaming from the skies, a lone god reappears and a limbless prophet is carried through South Gate, into Nowy Solum, with a message for all: beyond the city, something ancient and monumental has come awake.
Reviews of The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter:
Therein lies the appeal, I think. Like Hayward's debut, Filaria, this is ground-breakingly odd fiction that challenges the intellect and distills images in the mind's eye so indelibly that it's nearly a shock to enter the waking world again.
Brent Hayward was born in London, England, and grew up in Montreal. His short fiction has appeared in various publications. In 2006, his story “Phallex Comes out” was nominated for a Story South award for best on-line fiction of that year. In 2008, his first novel, Filaria, was published by CZP. Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review, calling Filaria “powerful” and “beautifully written.” His second novel, The Fecund’s Melancholy Daughter, also got a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was shortlisted for the 2012 CBC Bookie awards.