Kissing The Witch: Old Tales In New Skins by Emma DonoghueKissing The Witch: Old Tales In New Skins by Emma Donoghue

Kissing The Witch: Old Tales In New Skins

byEmma Donoghue

Paperback | May 4, 1999

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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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"A masterful, gorgeous, and wickedly well written book. (Francesca Lia Block, author of Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books)
Title:Kissing The Witch: Old Tales In New SkinsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.12 × 4.75 × 0.55 inPublished:May 4, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064407721

ISBN - 13:9780064407724

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautifully written short stories I just finished this novel in one sitting, the prose was beautiful and each of the stories kept my interest. Perfect for anyone who loves fairytale retellings, especially ones with strong female characters.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue The way Donoghue writes is nothing short of astonishing. When I read one of her books, I recognise her voice in the text and yet, each one of her works is so different and so unique. ‘’Kissing the Witch’’ falls into so many categories. Fantasy, Fairytales, LGBT Literature, Feminism. These are not just retellings of the stories of princesses and witches. There are themes under the allegories relevant to the discrepancies against women in the past and in the present. Because, let’s face it. For some people, we’ll never stop being the ‘’evil witches’’ of their own little stories. Of course, they probably don’t know that many of us would carry the title proudly knowing its true meaning…
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterful. Donoghue rewrites classic fairytales for all girls. Obviously this is the diversity she wished she could have read about when she was a young reader. Diverse and empowering, her rendition of classic stories shows women as more then mere cyphers and waiting-for-their-princes beauty.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This was very well-written! Such an interesting take on the well-known fairy tales! I especially appreciated the gay ones.
Date published: 2017-06-26

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Enter the magical world that Emma Donoghue constructs in this collection of 13 stories. These modern tales of love and truth tremble with an ageless quality, transforming them into memorable fairy tales. Readers see themselves in the realistic heroines as they ravel themselves in complicated, courageous plots. Kissing the Witch transforms old tales into stories for modern times.

Editorial Reviews

"Stunning. "-- "The Boston Globe""Sophisticated, provocative, and bracing. "-- "The New York Times Book Review""A masterful, gorgeous, and wickedly well written book.-- Francesca Lia Block, author of "Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books""These tales are revolutionary."-- "The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle"