Synopses & Reviews
Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire.
Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one's own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception. Using the intricate patterns and oral rhythms of traditional fairy tales, Emma Donoghue wraps age-old characters in a dazzling new skin.
"Threading her stories together like a master weaver, Donoghue takes the reader deeper and deeper into the tapestry of Kissing The Witch. A masterful, gorgeous, and wickedly well written book." Francesca Lia Block, author of Weetzie Bat
"Emma Donoghue's exquisitely written and brilliantly reimagined fairy tales finally give traditional women characters like Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel a chance to tell surprising stories -- and in voices that will recall an ancient oral tradition when the very sound of words was magic." Michael Cart
"Stunning." The Boston Globe
"Sophisticated, provocative, and bracing. " The New York Times Book Review
"These tales are revolutionary." The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
About the Author
Emma Donoghue has made a name for herself overseas as the host of a literary talk show on Irish TV, and is an established playwright whose work has been performed in Dublin and Cambridge. She is the editor of Poems Between Women: Four Centuries of Love, Romantic Friendship and Desire, and the author of novels Hood and Stir-Fry. She currently lives in Cambridge, England.