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My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me


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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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Jen Violi, January 25, 2011 (view all comments by Jen Violi)
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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Elizabeth Convery, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Elizabeth Convery)
I taught a class on the psychology of fairytales this past semester at our local university, and the first couple weeks saw me waxing prolific on the subject of fairytales and how pertinent they remain to our modern lives while 15 students looked on slack-jawed and generally unimpressed. Cut to the end of September when "My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me" was released - happily the class was already building momentum, but what a wonderful validation to see some of the most talented contemporary authors re-dreaming the stories we were studying: Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link - and how fun was it to read Bluebeard reimagined from both the masculine and feminine sides of the coin, with TWO versions - by John Updike AND Joyce Carol Oates. This wonderful book played its part in making yesterday's stories live for my very "today" students and I'm indebted. As well as delighted - a magical read!
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Bernheimer, Kate
Penguin Books
Foreword by:
Maguire, Gregory
Maguire, Gregory
Bernheimer, Kathryn
Bernheimer, Kate
Bernheimer, Kate
Maguire, Gregory
Thompson, Jean
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Stories (single author)
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from 12
2 b/w illustrations
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143117841 Reviews:
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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.
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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.
"Synopsis" by ,
Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me

Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse—his cremains in a bullet. Here, in compelling guise, are your favorite mythological figures—Narcissus and Echo, Orpheus and Eurydice, Pygmalion and Galatea, even Argos, Odysseuss faithful dog—alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions. Featuring talkative goats, a cat lady, a bird woman, a beer-drinking ogre, and a squid who falls in love with the sun, these are stories of boundless wonder and invention.

If “xo” signals a goodbye, then xo Orpheus is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking, a book that boldly heralds a new beginning for one of the worlds oldest literary traditions.

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