Not all the stories are romantic. Death and violence appear, just like they did in the original tales. The haunting and disturbing ''Bones Like Black Sugar'' has Gretel fleeing her boorish brother to return to the witch's house and dream her alive. ''Voce'' gives us two young women separated by abuse and jealousy, one blessed with gold with every word she utters, the other cursed with toads whenever she speaks.
But despite the obstacles, each heroine finds her voice and her way, and often, her true love. Sleeping Beauty, Indeed is a must read for everyone who ever rewrote the old stories in her head, searching for nuance and subtext. It is long past time that we had fairytales written about and for ourselves.