Kissing The Witch: Old Tales In New Skins

Paperback | May 4, 1999

byEmma Donoghue

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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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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 transfo...

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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 sensua...

"A masterful, gorgeous, and wickedly well written book. (Francesca Lia Block, author of Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books)

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Format: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

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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.

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"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"