The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke

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From the author of the award-winning, internationally bestselling Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, an enchanting collection of stories. Set in versions of England that bear an uncanny resemblance to the world of Strange and Norrell, these stories are brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses, vengeful owls, ladies who pass their time in embroidering terrible fates, endless paths in deep, dark woods, and houses that never appear the same way twice. Their heroines and heroes include the Duke of Wellington, a conceited Regency clergyman, an eighteenth-century Jewish doctor, Mary, Queen of Scots, Jonathan Strange, and the Raven King himself. The Ladies of Grace Adieu is the perfect introduction to a world where charm is always tempered by eerieness, and picaresque comedy is always darkened by the disturbing shadow of Faerie.
 

About Susanna Clarke

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Susanna Clarke was born in Nottingham, England, in 1959, the eldest daughter of a Methodist minister. She was educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and has worked in various areas of nonfiction publishing. She has published a number of short stories and novellas in American anthologies, as well as her own most recent collection of short stories entitled "The Ladies of Grace Adieu, and Other Stories."
 
Published December 6, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 256 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Elsewhere, Mary Queen of Scots, while imprisoned by her rival, England’s Elizabeth I, plots revenge through the medium of pictorial embroidery: Still, Elizabeth survives, and Mary loses her head (in “Antickes and Frets”).

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The Guardian

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The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke 235pp, Bloomsbury, £16.99 Antickes and frets, Susanna Clarke informs us in a footnote (she's a great one for footnotes), are respectively "grotesque figures" and "formal Renaissance devices", both of which are to be found in the decora...

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Publishers Weekly

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Fans of Clarke's bestselling Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell should be pleased with this book, as the stories collected here are very much cut from the same cloth.

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Book Reporter

If nothing else, this book will keep Clarke's readers happy until her next full-length novel and create some new fans along the way.

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USA Today

Readers longing for the lilting language of fairy tales mixed with a dark take on the fantastical world of fairies and witches will find both in Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke.In 2004, the British author made a splash on both sides of the Atlantic with Jonathan Strange ...

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Historical Novel Society

When Strange visits the sleepy village of Grace Adieu, he advises a seemingly innocent young lady thus: ‘Magic, madam, is like wine and, if you are not used to it, it will make you drunk.’ This young lady is capable of reducing men to mice and devouring them for breakfast.

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Fantasy Literature

Davina Porter reads Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana Gabaldon (and a lot of historical fiction) and I can’t think of any female reader who’s better than Davina Porter — I could listen to her read accounting textbooks and be entertained for hours as long as she read each chapter in a different voic...

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Bookmarks Magazine

In Susanna Clarke’s best-selling novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell ( 4 of 5 Stars Nov/Dec 2004), two magicians practiced their craft during the Napoleonic Wars.

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