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My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Meby Kate Bernheimer
Neil Gaiman! Aimee Bender! Kelly Link! Michael Cunningham! It's impossible to list the contributors to this book without using exclamation points. This wickedly entertaining collection reclaims fairy tales from the children's library and reaffirms their literary value for all time.
"A pedant might object to the subtitle of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, since most of the selections in this anthology edited by Fairy Tale Review founder and editor Kate Bernheimer are in fact retellings of tales, and the couple that are new draw heavily on existing tales. However, our hypothetical pedant would be missing that the magic of fairy tales is in how the story becomes new again with each telling, and the forty authors assembled here certainly bring all kinds of newness to their tales. Rudy Dornemann, Rain Taxi (Read the entire Rain Taxi review)
Synopses & Reviews
The fairy tale lives again in this book of forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction.
Michael Cunningham, Francine Prose, Aimee Bender, Kelly Link, Jim Shepard, and more than thirty other extraordinary writers celebrate fairy tales in this thrilling new volume. Inspire by everything from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" and "The Little Match Girl" to Charles Perrault's "Bluebeard" and "Cinderella" to the Brothers Grimm's "Hansel and Gretel" and "Rumpelstiltskin" to fairy tales by Goethe and Calvino and from China, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, Norway, and Mexico, here are stories that soar into boundless realms, filled with mischief and mystery and magic, and renewed by the lifeblood of invention. Although rooted in hundreds of years of tradition, they chart the imaginative frontiers of the twenty-first century as powerfully as they evoke our earliest encounters with literature.
"I cannot remember a time I had more fun reading a book! Many of these contemporary tales rival the originals in creepiness, joy, and impact." Darcey Steinke, author of Easter Everywhere
"Let's open the door to the green room and peek to see who is waiting. A bevy of beauties...an evanescence of sprites...an abundance of adversaries...a passel of princes....Maybe we should have brought that bubbly; but there's something being served here more deeply inebriating than champagne. Hush." Gregory Maguire, from the Foreword
"This is a book of brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares: perfect fare for imaginative readers of any age." Seth Lerer, author of Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter and dean of arts and humanities at the University of California, San Diego
The fairy tale lives again in this book of 40 new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction — Michael Cunningham, Francine Prose, Aimee Bender, Kelly Link, Jim Shepard, and more than 30 other extraordinary writers.
Great fairy tales are not always stories designed for children. The lurking wolf in Little Red Riding Hood,” the gingerbread house that lures Hansel and Gretel, the beauty asleep in her castle—these fables represent some of our deepest, most primeval fears and satisfy our longing for good to win out over evil (preferably in the most gruesome way possible). In this captivating new collection, critically acclaimed author Jean Thompson takes the classic fairy tale and brings it into the modern age with stories that capture the magic and horror in everyday life. The downtrodden prevail, appearances deceive, and humility and virtue triumph in The Witch, as lost children try to find their way home, adults cursed by past unspeakable acts are fated to experience their own horror in the present, and true love—or is it enchantment?—conquers all. The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told is a haunting and deeply entertaining collection, showcasing the inimitable Thompson at the height of her storytelling prowess.
A National Book Award finalist for her short stories, New York Times bestselling author Jean Thompson returns to form with The Witch and Other Tales Re-Told.
About the Author
Kate Bernheimer is the founder of the literary journal Fairy Tale Review, as well as the author of two novels and a children's book and the editor of two other anthologies of original short fiction. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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