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The Book of Gothel by [Mary McMyne]

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The Book of Gothel Kindle Edition

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"I absolutely loved The Book of Gothel. It combines everything I tend to love about stories in a breathtaking manner and is very hard to put down... It is a book I highly recommend and I see myself coming back to again and again."--Grimdark Magazine

"Mary McMyne's debut novel is dark and moody...This atmosphere, combined with the deep longings and confusion of a girl just entering womanhood and the fact that readers have a good idea of the fate that awaits her, shadows
The Book of Gothel with an overwhelming sense of dread--but will also compel readers to keep going to the very end."--BookPage

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The Book of Gothel is wonderfully rich with historical detail, and sparkles with the intermingled magic of gods and goddesses, seers and wisewomen. Haelewise is a memorable heroine, worthy of legend. Readers will see the story of Rapunzel in a new and refreshing light."--Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches

"Heartfelt and vividly imagined, this intriguing backstory to a classic fairy tale lifts the curtain on a medieval world where women battle to keep magic alive."--
Emily Croy Barker, author of The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

"McMyne’s debut is a reinvention of the Rapunzel fairy tale, a luscious origin story from the witch’s point of view.... McMyne melds folklore with actual historical figures and cleverly bookends the narrative with opening and closing chapters set in the twenty-first century."
—Booklist (starred review)

"McMyne’s shimmering debut gives a fresh, exciting backstory to one of the most famous villains in fairy tale lore: the witch who put Rapunzel in her tower.... The result is a sprawling epic, full of magic, love, and heartbreak. Fans of 
Circe and The Wolf and the Woodsman will devour this taut, empowering fairy tale."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This debut novel by poet McMyne offers a fresh reimagining of the story of Rapunzel's witch.... Readers who have enjoyed Gregory Maguire's "Wicked Years" series will find McMyne's perspective delightful."--
Library Journal

"This gorgeous, feminist retelling of 'Rapunzel' immediately captivates ... Readers of Naomi Novik and Katherine Arden will adore this new fairytale fantasy."--
Buzzfeed Books

"Smart, swift, sure-footed and fleet-winged,
The Book of Gothel launches its magic from a most reliable source: the troubled heart. Mary McMyne is a magician. Her take on the Rapunzel tale glows like a cloisonné gem set against a fist of dark soapstone."--Gregory Maguire, NYT bestselling author of Wicked

"Both gently and fiercely told,
The Book of Gothel is a sweeping, sharp story of how history twists into fairytale and back again"--Hannah Whitten, NYT bestselling author of For The Wolf

"Fable and history rhyme in McMyne's captivating vision of a medieval past steeped in women's magic and bound by women's love."--
Jordanna Max Brodsky, author of The Immortals and The Wolf in the Whale

"This is the fairy tale retelling I never knew I needed. Rooted in history, THE BOOK OF GOTHEL highlights the relationships between women and the ways in which we both help and hinder each other in the name of love and loyalty. Haelewise will be in my heart for a very long time."--
Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch's Heart

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The Book of Gothel delivers an intelligent spin on a well-loved fairy tale, the rich historical detail deftly woven with folktale magic and thoughtful characterization."--Rowenna Miller, author of Torn

"Certain stories endure because of their beauty, wonder, and wisdom.
The Book of Gothel is such a novel--one that will hold readers in delighted thrall right to the startling end."--Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mercy of Thin Air and the Keeper of Tales Trilogy

"Mary McMyne's
The Book of Gothel is a gut-punch of a fantasy novel - I found myself completely enraptured by this story within a story, and even more taken by the end, which I totally didn't see coming. Gothel feels both familiar and like a completely original fairy tale, and I was moved by the Jewish representation. This is Rapunzel like you've never seen her before." --Rena Rossner, author of The Sisters of the Winter Wood

"An inventive retelling of a classic tale that pulls you deep into the wild woods of medieval Germany.
The Book of Gothel is a spell-binding debut."--Signe Pike, author of The Forgotten Kingdom

About the Author

Mary McMyne is the author of The Book of Gothel, the story of the medieval midwife who would become known as the witch from Rapunzel. Her debut fairy-tale poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin, won the Elgin Chapbook Award. Her stories and poems have appeared widely in venues like Gulf Coast, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, and Redivider. A graduate of the New York University MFA program, she lives with her family in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains just north of Atlanta. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09L82HFPH
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Redhook (July 26, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 26, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1597 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 385 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 263 ratings

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Mary McMyne is the author of The Book of Gothel (Orbit/Redhook, 2022), the story of the medieval midwife and storyteller who would become known as the witch from Rapunzel. Her fairy-tale poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), won the Elgin Chapbook Award. Her stories and poems have appeared widely in venues like Gulf Coast, Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, and Redivider. A former English professor, she earned an MFA in fiction from New York University. She lives with her family in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains just north of Atlanta.

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