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My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales Paperback – September 28, 2010
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"The shiveringly titled My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me proves that the fairy tale can still mutate into new, chilling, often humorous forms... There are many surprising plums in this pie... A fine example...is Aimee Bender's 'The Color Master.'...Kevin Brockmeier's 'A Day in the Life of Half of Rumpelstiltskin'' is a grotesque, witty, and melancholy guess into what life must be like for the Rumpelstiltskin... The best story here is an old one by John Updike... Another triumph of realism is Francine Prose's 'Hansel and Gretel.'... Chris Adrian's retelling of the Irish story 'Teague O'Kane and the Corpse' is a gruesome romp. Karen Joy Fowler's 'Halfway People' is eerie and stirring. Jim Shepard's 'Pleasure Boating in Lituya Bay' is challengingly complex. And the haunting 'First Day of Snow' by Naoko Awa is a fairy tale that makes you feel like a child again."
-The Boston Globe
“Witty, gruesome, eerie, funny, and . . . fresh, surprising, and vividly sharp . . . this collection offers surprises and delights at every turn. . . . The author contributor list is a huge draw: Neil Gaiman rubs shoulders with Michael Cunningham, Shelley Jackson keeps company with John Updike, and Aimee Bender shares page room with Kelly Link.” —Library Journal
"The fairy tale is not dead. This wonderful collection brings together some of our best contemporary writers and some of our most beloved (and even feared) old stories. Rumplestiltskin, Bluebeard, the Earl-King, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White-all come alive again in vivid and colloquial prose. This is a book of brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares: perfect fare for imaginative readers of any age."
-Seth Lerer, author of Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter and dean of arts and humanities at the University of California, San Diego
"I cannot remember a time I had more fun reading a book! Many of these contemporary tales rival the originals in creepiness, joy, and impact."
-Darcey Steinke, author of Easter Everywhere
"Let's open the door to the green room and peek to see who is waiting. A bevy of beauties . . . an evanescence of sprites . . . an abundance of adversaries . . . a passel of princes . . . Maybe we should have brought that bubbly; but there's something being served here more deeply inebriating than champagne. Hush."
-Gregory Maguire, from the Foreword
About the Author
Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
Top Customer Reviews
My favorite was "Catskin," by Kelly Link, who states that although she borrowed some elements from Donkeyskin and Rapunzel, she wanted to invent her "own fairy tale" about inhabiting a skin, literally and figuratively. There are orphans, a powerful witch, and many, many cats.
"Since witches cannot have children in the usual way---their wombs are full of straw or bricks or stones, and when they give birth, they give birth to rabbits, kittens, tadpoles, houses, silk dresses,...even witches wish to be mothers---the witch had acquired her children by other nmeans: she had stolen or bought them....One girl she had grown like a cyst, upon her thigh. Other children she had made out of things in her garden, or bits of trash that the cats brought her: aluminum foil with strings of chicken fat still crusted to it, broken television sets, cardboard boxes that the neighbors had thrown out."
Another favorite is "The Mermaid in the Tree" by Timothy Schaffert, the first story I read, which was in the middle of the book. Flipping through the table of contents, the title and the incongruous image it conjured beckoned to me.Read more ›
The collection of fairy tales includes authors such as, Aimee Bender, Neil LaBute, Joy Williams, and many more. Each of the authors has written an interpretation of a classic fairytale. The book provides a very well structured format for reading fairy tales that is easy to follow, even for fairytale newcomers. The idea for the collection as a whole is very unique and creative and each individual story seems to be better than the next. The variety of authors and style of writing found in the collection makes it truly unique and extremely creative. It gives readers a new view on classic fairy tales. For example, I found Neil LaBute's submission to be particularly entertaining and well done. His story is titled With Hair of Hand-Spun Gold and it is a reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a little stained and dirty but overall in good condition. Great price!Published 17 days ago by Thalia S
Good book, I love reading short stories to my 2 month old son. 40 fairy tales will keep us busy for awhile!Published 2 months ago by Amy Grove
I don't know why I bought this book, never got past the 1st chapter.Published 4 months ago by Ellen Devito
Wonderful blending of old+new fairy tales. Enjoyed reading as simple stories ands well be a wonderful addition to my collection for my academic research.Published 5 months ago by Kristin Simmons
I was looking forward to new interesting stories but so far it is not as good as I had hoped....Published 17 months ago by Bodythyme
Weird, funny, interesting read. Enjoyed as bedtime readingPublished 19 months ago by Toni K. Williams