- Publisher: DAVID FICKLING BOOKS
- Format: Hardback | 496 pages
- Dimensions: 144mm x 214mm x 43mm | 607g
- Publication date: 2 July 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0385613237
- ISBN 13: 9780385613231
- Sales rank: 490,036
Liga endures unspeakable cruelties at the hands of her father, before being magically granted her own personal heaven, a safe haven from the real world. She raises her two daughters in this alternate reality, and they grow up protected from the violence that once harmed their mother. But the real world cannot be denied forever ...Magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga's refuge. Now, having known Heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?
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Margo Lanagan is a highly acclaimed writer of novels, short stories and poetry. BLACK JUICE, her second collection of stories, won the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection and RED SPIKES won the Australian Children's Book Council Award for Older Readers in 2007. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
By Sean Broughton-Wright 14 Jan 2011
Once upon a time Faerie Tales & Folk Tales were for adults. Tender Morsels fits nicely into that category of tale. It's a retelling of SchneeweiÃ????Ychen und Rosenrot or Snow White and Rose Red.
I came to this book with the knowledge than it had been promoted as YA in some markets(I found it in the Teen section of an Angus & Robertson) and that in my experience Margo Lanagan has a penchant for slightly dark, slightly quirky but emotionally confronting and challenging stories.
I was not let down with this book. The tale is enchanting in the truest sense of the word - it had me spell bound within the first few pages. The prose is skillfully crafted, rich in imagery and emotion, the characters despite the fantastical nature of the story, are 'real' - indeed it has been a long time since I have developed such deep emotional attachment to a character in a book.
I am not going to tell you any more than I have alluded to above, it's a refashioning of a folktale. I believe that you will derive the most benefit from knowing the least about it. Be forewarned though there are confronting encounters in the book, though masterfully and tastefully handled. Lanagan's weaving of magic, custom, and legend create a world that is so strikingly familiar that you could swear it was real at least once upon a time.
If you are a parent that sees the YA or Teen label as a endorsement for buying books for your twelve year old, I'd suggest that you read it first. This book is probably more suitable for the 14+ category.
If you are an adult that doesn't like reading YA, I personally wouldn't call it a Young Adult novel- it's appropriate for the above age group, but in reality this is a tale for all ages.