Finding Marianne de Pierres’s Glitter Rose collection in my World Fantasy Con swag bag was like taking a walk on the beach and stumbling across a sapphire in the sand. It’s a charming, hardcover book with a soft and feminine cover.
Beautiful, I thought, and I started to read.
Ten years ago, strange spores blew onto Carmine Island, occasionally covering the sand with rose glitter. The spores not only bring beauty to the island, but perhaps something darker and deeper as well.
The five stories—four previously published, one new to this collection—are told from the point of view of Tinashi, a quiet, almost unfriendly woman who has moved to the island for the solitude. She encounters the rather bizarre residents of the island and is pulled into their personal lives very much against her will. I was interested in Tinashi and wondered why she was so bitter. I was pleased when this was explained in a later story, and her actions made sense.
Glitter Rose is written in a fairly straightforward style that somehow manages to be lush and elegant. It reminds me of Deborah Batterman’s collection Shoes Hair Nails: sensual, elegant, and with layers of meaning underneath the surface.
Although only five stories long, I read Glitter Rose in just a few sittings, pondering on the world that the author built. It’s fantastic, of course, but written in a way that almost seems feasible. It’s a thing of subtle, dark beauty.
It isn’t for everyone, but if you want to be immersed in the complexity of relationships, Glitter Rose might be the book for you.