Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

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Tender Morsels is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them. Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, a world given to her in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters grow up in this soft place, protected from the violence that once harmed their mother. But the real world cannot be denied forever—magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga’s refuge. Now, having known Heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?


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About Margo Lanagan

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MARGO LANAGAN is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. She is a two-time Printz Honor winner and a three-time World Fantasy Award winner. Ms. Lanagan lives in Sydney, Australia, and can be found online at amongamidwhile.blogspot.com and on Twitter as @margolanagan.










Author Residence: Sydney, Australia
 
Published October 6, 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 498 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Weaving together multiple characters—Liga, her two daughters, several men transformed into bears by magic gone awry and more—this is ultimately a tale of how the finite worlds of experience bind the infinite worlds of possibility.

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The Guardian

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When I wrote Tender Morsels, I'd had a long run of novels crashing and burning, and I decided to take a traditional tale and use it as scaffolding for the story, because I'd pretty much lost all belief that I could create a novel-length story from scratch, by myself.

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The Guardian

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Tender morsels, do not read this book.

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The Guardian

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I'd like to go out on a limb here, and say that nothing in the world of adult summer reading can compare with the revolutionary content of a novel you are likely to find in the young adult section of your local bookshop.

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Publishers Weekly

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In her extraordinary and often dark first novel, award-winning story writer Lanagan (Red Spikes ) creates two worlds: the first a preindustrial village that might have sprung from a Brueghel canvas, a place of victims and victimizers;

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The Bookbag

The magic - as every good fairy tale understands - separates us enough to avoid too much pain, and enables us to think about the issues raised without fear.

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Common Sense Media

Parents and teachers guiding older teen readers could talk to them about a wide variety of topics, from the psychology of survival to book censorship and more.

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SFFWorld.com

Though there are scenes of brutality and violence, what impressed me most is that this is one of those books, despite initial impressions, whose true horrors are not the overtly explicit type, but rather the awfulness that only seems awful when the reader moves away from the book.

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Boomtron

Readers who miss the days of reading fairy tales should really enjoy this book.

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Book Divas

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan is a dark fantasy featuring multiple points of view encompassing two very different worlds.

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