The Secret Box, by Daina Tabūna
Short stories by Daina Tabūna
Translated from Latvian by Jayde Will, with illustrations by Mark Andrew Webber
On the cusp of womanhood, Daina Tabūna’s heroines are constantly confronted with the unexpected. Adult life seems just around the corner, but so are the kinds of surprise encounter which might change everything. Two siblings realise they’re too old to be playing with paper
dolls. A girl develops a fixation with Jesus. And a disaffected young woman stumbles into an awkward relationship with an office worker. The narrators of these three stories each try, in their own way, to make sense of how to behave in a world that doesn’t give any clear answers.
Paperback ISBN 9781910139905
Publication date: 5th October 2017
Page count: 104
Price: £6.50 (paperback)
About the poet
Daina Tabūna (1985) is a prose writer. Daina Tabūna’s short story collection Pirmā reize (The first time) was nominated for the Annual Latvian Literary Award 2014 as the best debut of the year. Pirmā reize immediately won over many readers and critics and has become a cult book of its time in Latvia. In 2010 Daina Tabūna completed her studies with a BA in Theatre, cinema and TV drama at the Latvian Academy of Culture. Her professional experience includes writing for a television soap opera, leading a photography club for 10-year-old Bulgarians, managing public
relations for a closed museum, and extended periods of unemployment. She is passionate about hiking and being silly.