Traci Skuce’s Hunger Moon is a collection of stories that echo with the yearning to be replenished, to be made full. Here are characters at cusp-points in their lives, attempting to shift their trajectories: to cease wrapping up the heart's desire in a pink bubble by launching it into the universe. Some turn to ESP, some to a belief in ghosts, some to the future caught inside a glass bottle, each character taking the hackneyed adage “Follow Your Bliss” too literally to blissfully follow their own storyline.
Emotionally charged, evocative, and lush, Hunger Moon’s thirteen short stories each set out on profound quests to satisfy an emotional hunger.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s no shortage of coming-of-age literature, but Traci Skuce’s debut collection brims with new perspectives. Throughout her 13 short stories, youthful protagonists think through alternate futures and endings, making this an especially poignant read. In “Because the Fall Is in Two Weeks,” a teenager wonders what her life will be like if she is, in fact, pregnant. In the unsettling “Destination Scavengers,” we learn that protagonist Leon has sacrificed a couple of fingers—and his sense of identity—just to fit in. Anyone who has ever wondered what their life would be like if things had turned out differently will find a relatable voice here.