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Returning My Sister's Face: And Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice Paperback – July 5, 2009
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Eugie received the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novelette for "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast," the 2011 Drabblecast People's Choice Award for Best Story for "The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk," and the 2012 eFestival of Words Best Short Story Collection Award for MORTAL CLAY, STONE HEART AND OTHER STORIES IN SHADES OF BLACK AND WHITE. She has also been a finalist for the Hugo, BSFA, and Washington Science Fiction Association awards. Her fiction has been translated into eight languages, and her publication credits number over 150. Her short story collection, RETURNING MY SISTER'S FACE AND OTHER FAR EASTERN TALES OF WHIMSY AND MALICE was published in 2009 and has been used as a textbook at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of California-Davis.
Visit her online at EugieFoster.com
Top Customer Reviews
My favorite story in the collection was "A Thread of Silk," based loosely on actual historical events in Japan, and weaving together this Japanese tradition of storytelling, a scifi sensibility and a reflection of western (Greek!) mythological tropes. It is a tour de force. I love it especially for its thematic and complexity, its twist added upon twist, a feature also present in "Daughter of Bótù" and "Honor Is a Game Mortals Play."
I also adored "The Tanuki-Kettle," a fairy tale also drawn on a Japanese tale that is too unutterably cute for, er, utterances. I read it aloud to my ten-year-old while he chortled. The newest story in the collection, "The Tears of My Mother, the Shell of My Father," is a strange mixture of adorable cuteness and philosophic profundity.
Nearly as fun as the stories themselves are Eugie's one-paragraph commentaries at the end of each tale, reflecting such things as the family expectations at her own birth, the prevalence of unfair "foxist rhetoric" in Chinese and Japanese folktales, and the habits of her pet skunk.
I recommend this collection highly.
Some stories are sad, others more poignant. I think the two I have liked best so far are the tale of the Snow-spirit’s daughter, which ends with her being an old woman with ten fat babies and a loving husband. The other one is a woman who becomes immortal through the death of her lover, but is allowed a night a year… I won’t spoil it. This is a story collection worth collecting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The stories nourish the souls of readers who have been uprooted, scattered or drawn away from their ancestral homelands. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Seran Gee
An evocative and unique voice. These are touching, personal stories with fantastic Oriental flavor.Published 9 months ago by Yahzi
This was a great collection of Far Eastern Fairy Tales. I really enjoyed reading them.Published 10 months ago by Not Nancy
Eugie's stories are a joy to read - her mix of asian folklore and sci-fi/fantasy is unique and her prose is nearly perfect. Read morePublished 16 months ago by R. Bennett
This collection of 12 stories, all based on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean folktales, is brilliant. Each story is a carefully polished jewel, with heartfelt emotion and beautiful,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jeff in Seattle
This was a great collection of short stories, some bitter, some sweet, and many bittersweet. She tells original tales as well as retells Asian folk stories. Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Colleen R. Fisk
I can't say enough good things about this collection of stories. Eugie has really out done herself. Some of them (like the tuniki-kettle) I've read a dozen times now. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by John Allman
With school fees, bills and everything going up, I don't mind purchasing used books. They contain everything except they're not fresh from the box. Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by Carol