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My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me by Kate Bernheimer
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me

Jen Violi, January 25, 2011

What a treat this book is--contemporary authors allowing themselves to be inspired by beloved fairy tales to create new ones. Each day, for the last two weeks, I have been savoring a few different fairy tales from this book. I love the variety. I love that after each tale, the author shares a few words about her or his process and inspiration, a little nugget that offers some insight and brings the reader in close. Francesca Lia Block's "Psyche's Dark Night" is hilarious and touching, speaking clearly to the current experience of dating for so many. And in "The Color Master," Aimee Bender deftly takes the unexpected perspective of a novice at a clothing shop where getting the color right is truly a magical art. As a child, when I read "Donkeyskin," the fairy tale that inspired this, I don't think I ever wondered who made the dresses the color of the sun and moon and sky, but I'm so glad Bender did. It would take all day for me to write about the many delicious story morsels in this book, but I suspect it would be more fun for you to taste them yourself!
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