How To Fracture a Fairy Tale

Tachyon. Nov. 2018. 320p.ISBN 9781616963064. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616963071. FANTASY
A young West Virginian girl deals with a harsh stepmama and seven little miners in "Snow in Summer." A selfish princess meets a lusty amphibian in "The Golden Balls." A mermaid, a prince, and his bride learn that words and emotions ebb and flow like the tide in "The Undine." Fairy tales and other legends are broken apart, shards of stories are spun into new short sagas, deftly crafted in the hands of master storyteller Yolen. Recrafting well-known tales from different points of view or underlying themes and possibilities casts a new, and sometimes harsh, light on childhood stories.
VERDICT With a glowing introduction by author Marissa Meyer, and an afterword with an author's note and poem for each story, this showcase of 28 tales highlights Yolen's delightful imagination and elegant writing in both poetry and short prose form. Her fans will be excited to see the well-crafted follow-up to The Emerald Circus.
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