February 26th is Tell A Fairy Tale Day
Think you’re too old for fairy tales? These books will make you change your mind!
By: Martin Millar
The Good Fairies of New York tells the fish-out-of-water story of two Scottish thistle fairies who find themselves in Manhattan. The fairies hook up with two humans, Kerry (complete with colostomy bag) and Dinnie (antisocial in the extreme), finding time to help both get their acts together. A book that brings together race riots and Scottish folklore, The Good Fairies of New York is anything but a typical fairy fantasy. (Publisher’s Marketing)
Edited by: Kate Bernheimer
The fairy tale lives again in these forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction. Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Aimee Bender, Kelly Link, Lydia Millet, and more than thirty other extraordinary writers celebrate fairy tales in this thrilling volume—the ultimate literary costume party. Spinning houses and talking birds. Whispered secrets and borrowed hope. Here are new stories sewn from old skins, gathered from around the world by visionary editor Kate Bernheimer and inspired by everything from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” and “The Little Match Girl,” to Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” and “Cinderella,” to the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” to fairy tales by Goethe and Calvino.
Fairy tales are our oldest literary tradition, and yet they chart the imaginative frontiers of the twenty-first century as powerfully as they evoke our earliest encounters with literature. This exhilarating collection restores their place in the literary canon. (Publisher’s Marketing)
By: John Klima
Klima (Logorrhea) brings together many of the greatest minds in fantasy, horror and young adult fiction in this rollicking reprint anthology of 33 diverse fairy tale retellings from the past two decades. Gregory Maguire’s “The Seven Stage a Comeback” is a clever, mirthful sequel to Snow White. Peter Straub’s “Ashputtle” turns Cinderella’s plight into a shocking tale of psychological horror. Susanna Clarke’s Victorianesque “Mr. Simonelli, or the Fairy Widower” follows a rector who discovers a family secret when he’s assigned to a mysterious town in the English countryside. Neil Gaiman expertly flips a familiar trope on its head in “The Troll Bridge.” These and other longtime authors are joined by equally talented newcomers such as K. Tempest Bradford and Genevieve Valentine. Fairy tale fans will give this volume pride of place on the shelf. (Publisher’s Marketing)
By: Pamela Dean
Based upon the classic Scottish fairy tale about a girl’s lover being stolen by the Queen of Faery, this magical, contemporary novel is set on a Midwestern college campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s with outlandish theater majors. An intriguing mix of magic, literature and academic politics. (Publisher’s Marketing)
By: Neil Gaiman
Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie—where nothing, not even a fallen star, is what he imagined. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a remarkable quest into the dark and miraculous—in pursuit of love and the utterly impossible. (Publisher’s Marketing)
By: Jasper FForde
Jasper Fforde does it again with a dazzling new series starring Inspector Jack Spratt, head of the Nursery Crime Division. Jasper Fforde’s bestselling Thursday Next series has delighted readers of every genre with its literary derring-do and brilliant flights of fancy. In The Big Over Easy, Fforde takes a break from classic literature and tumbles into the seedy underbelly of nursery crime. Meet Inspector Jack Spratt, family man and head of the Nursery Crime Division. He’s investigating the murder of ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Dumpty, found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. Yes, the big egg is down, and all those brittle pieces sitting in the morgue point to foul play. (Publisher’s Marketing)
By: Louise Murphy
A provocative transformation of the classic fairy tale into a haunting survival story set in Poland during WWII, Murphy’s second novel (after The Sea Within) is darkly enchanting. Two Jewish children, a girl of 11 and her seven-year-old brother, are left to wander the woods after their father and stepmother are forced to abandon them, frantically begging them never to say their Jewish names, but to identify themselves as Hansel and Gretel. In an imaginative reversal of the original tale, they encounter a small woman named Magda, known as a “witch” by villagers, who risks her life in harboring them. The story alternates between the children’s nightmarish adventures, and their parents’ struggle for survival and hope for a safe reunion. This mirror image of the fairy tale is deliberately disorienting, as Murphy describes the horrors of the outside world compared with the haven inside Magda’s hut, and the fear and anguish of the other people who conspire to save the children and protect their own families, too. The naive siblings are only half-conscious of much of this, though they are perfectly aware of their peril should they be discovered. The graphic details—the physical symptoms of near starvation, the infestations of lice, the effects of bitter cold—make it plain that this is the grimmest kind of fable. Eventually, the Nazis indulge in wholesale slaughter, and the children barely survive, hiding and on the run. No reader who picks up this inspiring novel will put it down until the final pages, in which redemption is not a fairy tale ending but a heartening message of hope. (Publisher’s Weekly)
By: Angela Carter
An absorbing collection of dark, sensual and fantastic stories inspired by the fairy tales and legends of Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Beauty and the Beast, vampires, werewolves, and more. (Publisher’s Marketing)
By: Emma Donoghue
Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances—sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed. 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. (Publisher’s Marketing)
By: Charles De Lint
An acknowledged classic of contemporary fantasy, Jack of Kinrowan brings together in one volume Charles de Lint’s rollicking saga of wild faerie magic on the streets of the city.
Jack, the Giant Killer: A faceless gang of bikers on Wild Hunt through the streets of present-day Ottawa hurtles young Jacky Rowan across the threshold into the perilous land of Faerie. There, to her dismay, she is hailed as the Jack of Kinrowan, a once-and-future trickster hero whose lot is to save the Elven Courts from unimaginable evil.
Drink Down the Moon: Once the realm of Faerie drew its power from the Moon herself. But now a ghastly creature has stolen that power and enslaved the Fair Folk—and Jacky Rowan herself. Only Johnny Faw, a handsome fiddler unaware of his magical gifts, has the power to set them free. (Publisher’s Marketing)