On this episode of Everything is Canon, Steve talks to Kayla Ancrum all about her incredible new book Darling, which is being descried as, “A teen girl finds herself lost on a dangerous adventure in this YA thriller, reimagining Peter Pan for today’s world. Kayla has re-envisioned Peter Pan with a central twist that will send all your previous memories of J. M. Barrie’s classic permanently off to Neverland.”
Here’s the summary…
On Wendy Darling’s first night in Chicago, a boy called Peter appears at her window. He’s dizzying, captivating, beautiful–so she agrees to join him for a night on the town.
Wendy thinks they’re heading to a party, but instead they’re soon running in the city’s underground. She makes friends–a punk girl named Tinkerbelle and the lost boys Peter watches over. And she makes enemies–the terrifying Detective Hook, and maybe Peter himself, as his sinister secrets start coming to light. Can Wendy find the courage to survive this night–and make sure everyone else does, too?
While all of that is most definitely true, the summary doesn’t even begin to encapsulate the reading experience you’re about to have. Told in what feels like real-time, Darling is now the definitive Peter Pan retelling and all others will be judged according to Kayla’s incredible vision which is dark, beautiful, and spellbinding.
Steve and Kayla talk about some current hot topics including the issue of Trigger Warnings, fabulism, what Darling gets right about the subtext, and literal meaning of Barrie’s original Peter Pan story, the book of course, and much, much more.
Darling is out now, click HERE to order a copy today.
For more information on Darling or any other works by Kayla, click HERE!