From Hell to Breakfast

Unnamed. Oct. 2019. 264p. ISBN 9781944700621. pap. $17. FANTASY
Lucinda, our listless heroine, has recently moved in with her boyfriend Dracula. Yet she’s not sure that she believes he is the Dracula. Lucinda works in a smoothie shop with a creepy boss and is rehearsing for a big play in their small town. Meanwhile, Dracula drives overnight shipments for UPS and on the side helps Lucinda’s brother Warren in his artistic endeavors. The cast of characters also encompasses the landlord of their small apartment complex, a nosy police officer, and Lucinda’s family.
VERDICT Fans of magical realism and unreliable narrators might enjoy this sophomore effort from Tifft (The Long Fire), but the story leaves readers with more questions than answers. The narrative style alternates between first person and stream of conscience and at times is hard to follow. Recommended only for larger collections or where the author’s previous work circulated well.
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