Published Aug 2020
The Kendrick family have run their world-famous doll-making business in near isolation since the early 1800s. Only family members are permitted to work for the firm, and only the men know the closely guarded secrets of the workshop. Because Kendricks’ dolls aren’t coveted for the craftsmanship alone. Each doll has a specific emotion laid on it by its maker. A magic that can make the beholder feel Bucolic Bliss, Heady Optimism or even Consuming Paranoia at a single touch.
Persephone Kendrick longs to break tradition and learn the doll-makers craft, but instead must fulfill a woman’s role, working on the shop floor. When a handsome stranger arrives claiming doll-making talent and a blood tie to the family, she sees a chance to grasp all she desires.
But then, one night, the family’s most valuable doll is stolen. Only someone with knowledge of magic could have taken her. Only a Kendrick could have committed this crime…
Praise for Kate Mascarenhas:
A dazzling, genre-defying debut… It’s witty, inventive and unflashily wise about human hearts; Mascarenhas’s future promises to be an exciting one.
Breathtakingly tender and wryly understated … An astonishing debut.
New York Times
I completely fell in love with this book. Utterly compelling, a delight to read. I raced through it. It feels like an important novel for and about women. Women deserve this book!
Caroline Criado Perez
It’s a book about trauma, grief and the need to exist in time as much as it’s a sci-fi thriller… She is a genuine talent.