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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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  • Anonymous User
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A queer sort of magic

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