Kissing the Witch

Kissing the Witch

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A collection of 13 short stories in which the author has taken classic fairy tales, combining them with stories of power and surviving in a bewildered world, all narrated by women. From the author of STIRFRY and HOOD.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 15mm | 170g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 13 b&w etchings
  • 0140258027
  • 9780140258028

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"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"show more

Review Text

Under a surface as seamless as stone worn smooth by the sea are tales readers may know, but with images and perspectives quite different from the canonical tradition. What if the beast in Beauty and the Beast were a woman? What if the shrill voices ordering Cinderella to work were inside her head? Rapunzel, Donkeyskin, Snow White, and other familiar heroines take unconventional shapes within Donoghue's beautifully hewn prose, in deeply female stories, scented with blood and flowers. Each story is linked to the next by the frame of a question that a character in the previous story asks; Donoghue thus nests the stories in a way that each follows the other to become one long tale. The murkiness of desire and the necessity of finding one's way will resonate for adolescents struggling with issues of identity, sexuality, stepparents, and societal strictures. A dark jewel. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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