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Publisher's Summary

Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time.

Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances--sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed.

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.

©1993 Emma Donoghue (P)2014 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Stunning. " ( The Boston Globe)
"Sophisticated, provocative, and bracing. " ( The New York Times Book Review)
"A masterful, gorgeous, and wickedly well written book." (Francesca Lia Block, author of Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books)
"These tales are revolutionary." ( The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle)

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Phenomenal story

It is a wonderful patch work of Stories. With a sweetly poetic flow. Great read/listen!

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Emma Donoghue is great

Loved the flow, the feminism, the women's ways. Excellently rewritten fairytales.
A little flavor of 1001 Arabian nights in structure.

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awesome

I was captivated and entertained. still trying to track down some of the fairytales that were muses to stories...looking forward to reading more by Donoghue

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  • AliceVD
  • 05-16-21

4 stars

A matryoska doll of queer and feminist fairytale retellings, each spilling forth from the last. The incomplete nature of each tale gave the collection a charm I personally enjoyed a lot.

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  • 02-06-18

A queer sort of magic

Had me chuckling and umm and aaaaaaahing. Loved the ways it was read. Truly wonderful.