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Snow in Summer: Fairest of Them All Hardcover – November 10, 2011
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"Yolen spins an interesting variation of the classic Snow White story."
"A well-imagined and well-told addition to collections of retold fairy tales."
—School Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Jane Yolen's retelling of the Snow White story is eerie and immediate. The Appalachian setting adds both simplicity and strangeness as we watch the child's life changed, first by her mother's death and her father's withdrawal and later by the menacing incursion of the woman who marries her father.
Snow in Summer is almost a horror story when it comes to the wicked stepmother. Although the child named Summer suffers when her father ignores her, at least she has Cousin Nancy, who continues to care for her, stopping by the house each day to get her ready for school and cook her meals.
Most of the chapters in Yolen's story are told by Snow in Summer herself, but some are memories recounted by Cousin Nancy and even Stepmama. When Snow (as Stepmama names her) watches her father snared in a graveyard by the woman from up the mountain, there is clearly dark magic involved. Early in the book--in Stepmama's first memory chapter--we learn that the woman was trained by a great conjurer. We also find out that Stepmama can increase her personal magic by taking someone else's years. She has plans for Snow, as well as for Snow's father and his property. But she claims she won't make Snow and her father suffer--too much. As she tells herself, "After all, I'm not a wicked woman."
The creepy little details are actually more striking than the things Stepmama tells us in her chapters. The way she has one green eye and one blue eye.Read more ›
Instead, Lemuel marries a beautiful stranger before abruptly sinking into an even more profound state of listlessness. Cousin Nancy feels unwelcome and withdraws from the new household, and Summer, with the eagerness of any child seeking a parent's affection, does everything her stepmother asks her to. When, over the course of the next two years, her stepmother becomes critical, then abusive, Summer feels ashamed and responsible, but as Cousin Nancy gradually begins to intervene, Summer builds up some defenses, both emotional and magical. Still, neither Cousin Nancy nor Summer suspect precisely how dangerous Stepmama's plans are until it's nearly too late.
Stepmama takes thirteen year old Summer to meet Hunter, a man who is presumably interested in courting a girl ten years his junior, but is actually planning to help Stepmama carry out her nefarious scheme...
Yolen's short story "Snow in Summer", first published in Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's anthology Black Heart, Ivory Bones, served as the basis for this novel, and up until this point, this very effective tale is told gradually and in great detail by three different narrators, Summer, Cousin Nancy and Stepmama.Read more ›
From award-winning author Jane Yolen comes this enchanting re-telling of the classic Snow White story set in 1940s Appalachia. The author is clearly a masterful storyteller as Snow in Summer flows easily and quickly from start to finish.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" is one of my favorite fairy tales. This short but powerful retelling is one of the most vivid ones I have ever encountered. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Meredith L. Burton
Yolen has revisited the story of Snow White in a unique and beautiful story set in depression era West Virginia. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Barb Lawrence
This updated telling of the classic Snow White fairy tail is truly worth a read for all fairy tail and Yolen fans alike. Ms.. Yolen creates a tangible environment with language.Published on November 25, 2013 by K. Hughes
SNOW IN SUMMER: FAIREST OF THEM ALL is a youth book with all the hallmarks of a thrilling fairy tale. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Phyllis J. Moore
Wow! Amazon reviewer Molly Grue "Renaissance Woman" took the exact words out of my mind.
Since I can't give a better review than Molly, please read hers. Read more
Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen was a unique but fun read. It took a bit to get used to the unique writing style but once I did I really began enjoying the story. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Hannah Spainhour
This modern retelling of Snow White was a great mix of old and new. We start out with the girl, Snow-in-Summer Morton (yes, that's her real name). Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by BookLover132
Even a canny adult may not realize until a few chapters in that this book from master storyteller Jane Yolen is an American adaptation of the old tale "Snow White. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by E. Kanell
As Mark Twain was to the birth of American folklore, so Jane Yolen is to the next generation of Americana. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Laura Probst