Published by Normoyle and Cogan Bespoke Publishers (2018)
Pink is the story of a little girl’s discovery of love, family and what it means to be brave.
It is 1969 and Pocky is seven years old. Her brother gave her the name because she has The Southern Cross in chicken pock marks on her forehead. She and her brother live with their mother on the flat roof of a suburban house not far from the drive-in. They have no father.
Her mother moved the furniture up under the stars to catch the cool summer breezes. She’s not like other mothers.
When Angelique moves in next door, all glamorous and mysterious, Pocky doesn’t know what to think. Angelique drives a hearse, owns a coffin and only comes out at night. Marble-anne at school says people like that aren’t people at all. They’re zombies, or witches, or maybe vampires. Angelique doesn’t look like any of those, but Pocky can’t be sure.
Angelique is not like anyone the family have ever met. She charms them and, over time, they grow to love her. “Bewitched,” Pocky’s mother says and this makes Pocky wonder if Marble-anne is right. Perhaps Angelique is a witch!
But there is a neighbour on the other side of them Pocky fears. Mr Wallace says terrible things about Angelique. And he is beginning to watch the house. Especially the children. They have every reason to be afraid.
When Pocky’s mother becomes ill with cancer, the children finally find out where Angelique goes at night. And they find out that not only is Angelique magical, really magical, but that she has come for a reason.
Pocky discovers she has magic too. Without Pocky, Angelique cannot save the children’s mother. Or herself.
And Pocky is the only one who can save Marble-anne!