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Kissing the Witch Old Tales in New Skins (Paperback)

Author:  Emma Donoghue
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0064407721
ISBN-13: 9780064407724
Sku: 30456701
Publish Date: 4/1/1999
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  240
Age Range:  18 to UP
Till she came it was all cold. (from the first line)
A collection of thirteen interconnected stories that give old fairy tales a new twist *Author: Donoghue, Emma *Subtitle: Old Tales in New Skins *Publication Date: 1999/04/01 *Number of Pages: 228 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 8.50
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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.

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New York Times Book Review
"Though 'Kissing the Witch' is ostensibly for children from 12 to 17, a 12-year-old would have to be especially savvy in the ways of relations between the sexes to appreciate what is being reworked here. These fairy tales are for sophisticated readers, and not necessarily just for the chronologically young. The language is sumptuous, though, and the impulse to freedom so passionate, that an adult reader, too, will find great pleasure." - Jen Nessel 09/28/1997

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Donoghue's magic wand is deceptively simple prose that engulfs the senses with its clarity and musicality...her magic is also powerful enough to renew that capacity for enchantment seemingly lost in childhood." - Katherine V. Forrest 11/02/1997

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Sophisticated and rich...readers with a taste for revisionings won't want to miss it." - Deborah Stevenson April 1997

Kirkus Reviews
"The murkiness of desire and the necessity of finding one's way will resonate for adolescents struggling with issues of identity, sexuality, stepparents, and societal strictures. A dark jewel." 02/01/1997

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   14
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0240
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Teen
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