My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales

Paperback | September 28, 2010

EditorKate BernheimerIntroduction byKate BernheimerForeword byGregory Maguire

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The fairy tale lives again in this book of forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction.

Neil Gaiman, “Orange”
Aimee Bender, “The Color Master”
Joyce Carol Oates, “Blue-bearded Lover”
Michael Cunningham, “The Wild Swans”
These and more than thirty other stories by Francine Prose, Kelly Link, Jim Shepard, Lydia Millet, and many other extraordinary writers make up this thrilling celebration of fairy tales—the ultimate literary costume party.
Spinning houses and talking birds. Whispered secrets and borrowed hope. Here are new stories sewn from old skins, gathered 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 and from China, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, Norway, and Mexico.
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.

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The fairy tale lives again in this book of forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction. Neil Gaiman, “Orange” Aimee Bender, “The Color Master” Joyce Carol Oates, “Blue-bearded Lover” Michael Cunningham, “The Wild Swans” These and more than thirty other stories by Francine Prose, Kelly Link, Jim Shepard, Lydia...

Kate Bernheimer is the founder of the literary journal Fairy Tale Review as well as the author of two novels and a children's book and he editor of two other anthologies of original short fiction. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:September 28, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate MeContents   Introduction by Kate BernheimerDrawing the Curtain by Gregory MaguireBaba Iaga and the Pelican Child by Joy Williams  Russia • “Baba Yaga”Ardour by Jonathon KeatsRussia • “Baba Yaga”I’m Here by Ludmilla PetrushevskayaRussia • "Ivan Tsarevich"The Brother and the Bird by Alissa NuttingGermany • “The Juniper Tree,” Brothers GrimmHansel and Gretel by Francine ProseGermany • “Hansel & Gretel,” Brothers GrimmA Day in the Life of Half of Rumpelstiltskin by Kevin Brockmeier Germany • “Rumpelstiltskin,” Brothers GrimmWith Hair of Hand-Spun Gold by Neil LaButeGermany • “Rumpelstiltskin,” Brothers Grimm The Swan Brothers by Shelley JacksonGermany • “The Six Swans,” Brothers GrimmThe Warm Mouth by Joyelle McSweeneyGermany • “The Bremen Town Musicians,” Brothers GrimmSnow White, Rose Red by Lydia MilletGermany • “Snow-White and Rose-Red,” Brothers GrimmThe Erlking by Sarah Shun-Lien BynumGermany • “The Erlking,” Johanne GoetheDapplegrim by Brian EvensonNorway • “Dapplegrim,” Peter Christen Asbjornien and Jorgen MoeThe Wild Swans by Michael CunninghamDenmark • “The Wild Swans,” Hans Christian AndersenHalfway People by Karen Joy FowlerDenmark • “The Wild Swans,” Hans Christian AndersenGreen Air by Rikki DucornetDenmark • “The Little Match Girl,” Hans Christian AndersenThe Mermaid in the Tree by Timothy SchaffertDenmark • “The Little Mermaid,” Hans Christian AndersenWhat the Conch Shell Sings When the Body Is Gone by Katherine VazDenmark • “The Little Mermaid,” Hans Christian AndersenThe Snow Queen by Karen BrennanDenmark • “The Snow Queen,” Hans Christian AndersenEyes of Dogs by Lucy CorinDenmark • “The Tinder Box,” Hans Christian AndersenLittle Pot by Ilya KaminskyDenmark • “The Teapot,” Hans Christian AndersenA Bucket of Warm Spit by Michael MartoneEngland • “Jack and the Beanstalk,” Joseph JacobsCatskin by Kelly LinkEngland • “Catskin,” Joseph JacobsTeague O'Kane and the Corpse by Chris AdrianIreland • “Teague O’Kane and The Corpse,” William Butler YeatsPleasure Boating in Lituya Bay by Jim Shepard Italy • “Jump Into My Sack,” Italo Calvino)Body-without-Soul by Kathryn DavisItaly • “Body-without-Soul,” Italo CalvinoThe Girl, the Wolf, the Crone by Kellie WellsItaly • “The Story of Grandmother”My Brother Gary Made a Movie and This Is What Happened by Sabrina Orah MarkItaly • “The Young Slave,” Giambattista BasileThe Color Master by Aimee BenderFrance • “Donkeyskin,” Charles PerraultThe White Cat by Marjorie SandorFrance • “The White Cat,” Madame d’AulnoyBlue-bearded Lover by Joyce Carol OatesFrance • “Bluebeard,” Charles PerraultBluebeard in Ireland by John UpdikeFrance • “Bluebeard,” Charles PerraultA Kiss to Wake the Sleeper by Rabih AlameddineFrance • “Sleeping Beauty,” Charles PerraultA Case Study of Emergency Room Procedure and Risk Management by Hospital Staff Members in the Urban Facility by Stacey RichterFrance • “Cinderella,” Charles PerraultOrange by Neil Gaiman Greece • The Odyssey, HomerPsyche's Dark Night by Francesca Lia BlockGreece • “Cupid and Psyche”The Story of the Mosquito by Lily HoangVietnam • “The Story of the Mosquito"First Day of Snow by Naoko AwaJapan • "A Kamikakushi Tale"I Am Anjuhimeko by Hiromi ItōJapan • "Sanshō the Steward"Coyote Takes Us Home by Michael MejiaMexico • "Tales from Jalisco," MexicoEver After by Kim AddonizioUnited States • "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Walt DisneyWhitework by Kate BernheimerUnited States • "The Oval Portrait," Edgar Allen Poe

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"Spooky, shocking, and surreal narrative tricks and treats [in] forty spanking- new stories inspired by classic folktales from around the world are showcased in [this] lavish anthology."-Elle"The shiveringly titled My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me proves that the fairy tale can still mutate into new, chilling, often humorous forms... There are many surprising plums in this pie... A fine Aimee Bender's 'The Color Master.'...Kevin Brockmeier's 'A Day in the Life of Half of Rumpelstiltskin'' is a grotesque, witty, and melancholy guess into what life must be like for the Rumpelstiltskin... The best story here is an old one by John Updike... Another triumph of realism is Francine Prose's 'Hansel and Gretel.'... Chris Adrian's retelling of the Irish story 'Teague O'Kane and the Corpse' is a gruesome romp. Karen Joy Fowler's 'Halfway People' is eerie and stirring. Jim Shepard's 'Pleasure Boating in Lituya Bay' is challengingly complex. And the haunting 'First Day of Snow' by Naoko Awa is a fairy tale that makes you feel like a child again."-The Boston Globe“Witty, gruesome, eerie, funny, and . . . fresh, surprising, and vividly sharp . . . this collection offers surprises and delights at every turn. . . . The author contributor list is a huge draw: Neil Gaiman rubs shoulders with Michael Cunningham, Shelley Jackson keeps company with John Updike, and Aimee Bender shares page room with Kelly Link.” —Library Journal"The fairy tale is not dead. This wonderful collection brings together some of our best contemporary writers and some of our most beloved (and even feared) old stories. Rumplestiltskin, Bluebeard, the Earl-King, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White-all come alive again in vivid and colloquial prose. This is a book of brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares: perfect fare for imaginative readers of any age."-Seth Lerer, author of Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter and dean of arts and humanities at the University of California, San Diego"I cannot remember a time I had more fun reading a book! Many of these contemporary tales rival the originals in creepiness, joy, and impact."-Darcey Steinke, author of Easter Everywhere"Let's open the door to the green room and peek to see who is waiting. A bevy of beauties . . . an evanescence of sprites . . . an abundance of adversaries . . . a passel of princes . . . Maybe we should have brought that bubbly; but there's something being served here more deeply inebriating than champagne. Hush."-Gregory Maguire, from the Foreword