First fox, by Leanne Radojkovich
Short stories by Leanne Radojkovich
With illustrations by Rachel J Fenton
Paperback ISBN 978-1-910139-70-7
The stories in First fox offer an everyday world tinged with the dreamlike qualities of fairy tales. Radojkovich explores the complex dynamics of families with a blend of dry wit and startling imagery. Disappointments and consolations meet with fantastical moments, winding their way into the realm of possibility.
“Simple, but wonderfully so, telling the reader all they need to know. Radojkovich’s writing knows where embellishment is needed, and recognises when sparse language is effective.” – Siobhan Denton, Sabotage Reviews
“Indeed, it was the dreamlike qualities that resonated from every page, which made me want to read the next story as soon as I finished the last. Although some were extremely short, I took a moral lesson or even a feeling away from every single tale. The 46-page collection was packed with strange realities, warped fantasies and yet, I found, relatable characters.” – Robyn Colclough, Cuckoo Review
“In today’s social and political climate, there is a focus everywhere one looks on outward portrayals and inward truths that Radojkovich explores with subtle skill and excellently well-conceived brevity. This coupled with a startlingly honest, warm and at times darkly humorous tone makes for exactly the type of fiction which is able to commentate and provoke thought on life in 2017.” – Literature Works
About the author
Leanne Radojkovich lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where she works as a librarian. In 2016 one of her stories was translated into Chinese for the 14th International Conference on the Short Story in English, held in Shanghai, where she also read. Her flash fiction street art has popped up around the globe from USA to Sweden to Tanzania. Photo credit : Jake Dennis
About the illustrator
Rachel J Fenton is an award-winning graphic poet and writer. She was awarded a Creative New Zealand Arts Grant to research and write a graphic biography, which she is documenting on Instagram @redhousemary. Under the name ‘Rae Joyce’, she co-edited Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women’s Comics (Beatnik, 2016), and her work is featured in Island to Island (Dala/Upstart Press, 2016). She lives in Auckland.