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ISBN13: 9780143117841
ISBN10: 014311784x
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Staff Pick

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.
Recommended by Rhonda, Powells.com

Review-A-Day

"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

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

This whimsical and spellbinding debut collection of stories creates fresh and contemporary tales of how magic and myth work in our everyday lives, as it mines the rich folklore and history of Cornwall.

Synopsis:

In the tradition of Angela Carter, this luminous, spellbinding debut reinvents the stuff of myth.

Straying husbands lured into the sea by mermaids can be fetched back, for a fee. Trees can make wishes come true. Houses creak and keep a fretful watch on their inhabitants, straightening shower curtains and worrying about frayed carpets. A mother, who seems alone and lonely, may be rubbing sore muscles or holding the hands of her invisible lover as he touches her neck. Phantom hounds roam the moors and, on a windy beach, a boy and his grandmother beat back despair with an old white door.

In these stories, the line between the real and the imagined is blurred as Lucy Wood takes us to Cornwall’s ancient coast, building on its rich storytelling history and recasting its myths in thoroughly contemporary ways. Calling forth the fantastic and fantastical, she mines these legends for that bit of magic remaining in all our lives—if only we can let ourselves see it.

Synopsis:

For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Seas April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

Fans of TVs The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:

Stefan Bachmann

Leigh Bardugo

Kendare Blake

A. G. Howard

Jay Kristoff

Marie Lu

Jonathan Maberry

Danielle Paige

Carrie Ryan

Megan Shepherd

Nova Ren Suma

McCormick Templeman

April Genevieve Tucholke

Cat Winters

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.

Table of Contents

Diving Belles 1

Countless Stones 20

Of Mothers and Little People 39

Lights in Other Peoples Houses 54

Magpies 76

The Giants Boneyard 90

Beachcombing 106

Notes from the House Spirits 130

The Wishing Tree 147

Blue Moon 170

Wisht 188

Some Drolls Are Like That and Some Are Like This 205

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Jennifer Starkman, January 6, 2013 (view all comments by Jennifer Starkman)
What an unexpected treasure this was! Kate Bernheimer has selected an extraordinary mix of stories inspired by traditional fairy tales. The styles range broadly, from very traditional, to modern takes on familiar themes, to very unique approaches. There's something for everyone here, all of it beautifully written and thought provoking.
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Jennifer Starkman, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Jennifer Starkman)
What an extraordinary collection of stories this is! Kate Bernheimer has accomplished something truly special, gathering amazing stories--some by authors we know and love, others by lesser-known writers--inspired by the fairytales that enchanted us as children, but taking them in unique and clever new directions. There is something here for everyone, some stories written in the classic fairytale mode, others modern and more subtly magical, all of them riveting reads. I've been reading a lot of short stories lately, but "My Mother She Killed Me" is by far one of the most special books I've encountered in a long, long time.
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Ayse, April 15, 2011 (view all comments by Ayse)
Kevin Brockmeier's Rumpelstiltskin story alone is worth the price. If you are someone who sees the world as a strange and wondrous place, these tales are for you.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143117841
Author:
Bernheimer, Kate
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Foreword by:
Maguire, Gregory
Foreword:
Maguire, Gregory
Editor:
Bernheimer, Kate
Editor:
Bernheimer, Kathryn
Author:
Thompson, Jean
Author:
Tucholke, April Genevieve
Author:
Bernheimer, Kate
Author:
Wood, Lucy
Author:
Maguire, Gregory
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
collection;short stories;fairy tales;Cornwall;magic;mythology;folklore;retelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 b/w illustrations
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143117841 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review A Day" by , "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. (Read the entire Rain Taxi review)
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , This whimsical and spellbinding debut collection of stories creates fresh and contemporary tales of how magic and myth work in our everyday lives, as it mines the rich folklore and history of Cornwall.
"Synopsis" by ,
In the tradition of Angela Carter, this luminous, spellbinding debut reinvents the stuff of myth.

Straying husbands lured into the sea by mermaids can be fetched back, for a fee. Trees can make wishes come true. Houses creak and keep a fretful watch on their inhabitants, straightening shower curtains and worrying about frayed carpets. A mother, who seems alone and lonely, may be rubbing sore muscles or holding the hands of her invisible lover as he touches her neck. Phantom hounds roam the moors and, on a windy beach, a boy and his grandmother beat back despair with an old white door.

In these stories, the line between the real and the imagined is blurred as Lucy Wood takes us to Cornwall’s ancient coast, building on its rich storytelling history and recasting its myths in thoroughly contemporary ways. Calling forth the fantastic and fantastical, she mines these legends for that bit of magic remaining in all our lives—if only we can let ourselves see it.

"Synopsis" by ,
For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Seas April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.

Fans of TVs The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:

Stefan Bachmann

Leigh Bardugo

Kendare Blake

A. G. Howard

Jay Kristoff

Marie Lu

Jonathan Maberry

Danielle Paige

Carrie Ryan

Megan Shepherd

Nova Ren Suma

McCormick Templeman

April Genevieve Tucholke

Cat Winters

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