Valente, Catherynne M.

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The Past Is Red

Valente’s prose presents a stark image of humanity surviving climate ruin, corporate greed, and rich escapists. Tetley’s voice is engrossing, creating a read that will make readers think about our possible future.

Space Opera

Valente's (Radiance) action-packed saga brings life to the backstage drama of the best concert you ever attended, in outer space. An exciting read for fans of Douglas Adams and David Bowie.

The Refrigerator Monologues

Valente (Radiance, Palimpsest) proves her adroitness with imagery and emotion in this extraordinary book of linked stories.


Valente employs a variety of writing styles, from scripts and diaries to newspaper articles and interviews, to tell Severin's story, moving back and forth across time and character viewpoints. The result is a complex and multilayered tale that exists in a fully realized alternate and fantastic solar system. Valente has won several literary awards, and this work of art is likely to cement her place as a major voice in modern sf and fantasy.

Speak Easy

Casting infamous flapper Zelda Fitzgerald as the lead (and a pelican as her devoted follower) is just one of several inspired alterations that makes this novella a cut above the usual fairy-tale retellings. The lyrical language will capture a mass audience, though owing to its mature content, this book is best for adult collections only. [Genevieve Valentine's The Girls at the Kingfisher Club also sets this fairy tale in the Roaring 20s.—Ed.]

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

This delightful and popular series may be among the most beautifully written and imaginative works of fantasy currently on the market. This latest title is highly recommended for all public libraries.

Six-Gun Snow White

Valente's (Palimpsest; In the Night Garden) talent for telling stories that have the cadence and grace of poetry makes her a perfect interpreter of classic stories. Her fans will appreciate the humor and artistry in this imaginative retelling of one of the world's most popular fairy tales.

The Folded World

Valente (Palimpsest; The Labyrinth) skillfully captures the style of medieval literature without resorting to archaic vocabulary. Blending the genres of fable, parable, and allegory, the result is an imaginative literary work that should please lovers of elegant prose and consummate storytelling.


This complex and invigorating reimagined piece of Russian folklore by an award-winning author will cast a spell on readers and not let go. For fans of Neil Gaiman, Gregory Maguire, and the like, this is essential.

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