One Tough Cupcake
A Short Fiction Collection
Stephanie Spaulding’s debut collection of short fiction is bursting with strong, quirky characters confronting the weird and wonderful surprises baked into life. She serves up unique moments with an eye for detail and a taste for the ironic, treating readers to unusual characters ranging in flavor from darkly humorous and absurdist to sentimental and defeated. Spaulding places reinterpreted folk tales alongside modern confections and concocts a strange and charming world in which characters learn to savor both bitter and sweet experiences. Readers will be left simmering with the notion that Once Upon a Time is now.