The House with a Tree in It

Marina Meyer

The House with a Tree in It

Marina Meyer

Winner of the 2023 Okanagan College 3 Hour Short Story Contest

$5 | Published June 2024.

5.5" x 8.5", 12pp.

The House With a Tree in It brings to life a young woman’s coming-of-age against the vivid backdrop of a hot summer in the African bush. As the narrator bears witness to her partner’s increasingly elaborate efforts to build a house that is seamlessly integrated with the landscape that surrounds it, the house begins to take on a monstrous life of its own, eventually rendering the characters powerless against its will. Filled with striking imagery and compellingly rhythmic language, this story fully immerses readers in its imaginative world from beginning to end.

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The main text is set in digital Monotype Deepdene, with the wrapper printed letterpress from the same typeface in metal.

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Marina Meyer

Marina Meyer’s mom read poetry to her from a very young age — works by Afrikaans poets like Ingrid Jonker, D.J. Opperman, Antjie Krog, and Langenhoven. She started writing poetry, in Afrikaans, when she was around fourteen. She moved from South Africa to Canada in 1991 and continued to write in Afrikaans. In 2002, she enrolled in a Creative Writing class with Nancy Holmes and wrote her first fiction. From there on she mainly wrote fiction and creative non-fiction, always in English. Some of her favourite authors are J.M. Coetzee, P.D. James, Dana Snyman, Etienne Van Heerden, Douglas Glover, Linden MacIntyre, and Raymond Carver.