Wales Book of the Year 2022 – Shortlisted, Fiction Category
I Am the Mask Maker and other stories brings together eleven of Rhiannon Lewis’s compelling short stories. They transport us to places as varied as plague-ridden Renaissance Venice, a failing antiquarian bookshop in inner-city London, a struggling family farm in 1960s’ West Wales, and a soon to be discontinued Heaven where the angels are packing up to leave. Vividly drawn, with wit and subtlety, Lewis’s characters are determined not to be pawns in worlds where the odds are stacked against them; to thrive, they often come up with solutions that are unconventional and unexpected.
This collection includes: ‘The Significance of Swans’, shortlisted by the Bristol Prize in 2018, ‘The Last Flight of La Librairie d’Afrique du Nord’, shortlisted by the H.G. Wells Short Story Competition in 2020, ‘The Jugs Stay with the Dresser’, winner of Frome Festival’s short story competition in 2017, and ‘Piano Solo’, winner of the Adult Short Story category in the William Faulkner Literary Contest in 2020.
Rhiannon Lewis is the acclaimed author of My Beautiful Imperial, which was a Walter Scott Prize Academy recommended historical novel for 2018.