Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue
Old Tales in New Skins

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Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one's own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception. Using the intricate patterns and oral rhythms of traditional fairy tales, Emma Donoghue wraps age-old characters in a dazzling new skin.

About Emma Donoghue

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Emma Donoghue is the author of seven novels, including the New York Times bestselling Room. Born in Ireland, she now lives in Canada.
Published January 1, 1997 by Hamish Hamilton. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Rapunzel, Donkeyskin, Snow White, and other familiar heroines take unconventional shapes within Donoghue's beautifully hewn prose, in deeply female stories, scented with blood and flowers.

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In this stylized, lyrical collection of revisionist fairy tales, Cinderella falls in love with her fairy godmother, and Gretel remains loyal to the witch in the gingerbread house, who planned to skin Hansel like a rabbit only because of his repeated attempts to rape her.

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When the Brothers Grimm collected the tales told by the women of Germany, they might have thought they were recording the definitive versions of these stories.

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Wilson's gnomish knoll of a set leaves too little free play space, and other design contribs (aside from Todd Roehrman's occasionally witty costumes) prove handsome but earthbound.

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