My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me

Forty New Fairy Tales

By Kate Bernheimer (Editor); Gregory Maguire (Foreword by)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143117841, 543pp.)

Publication Date: September 28, 2010

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Description
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.



About the Author
Bernheimer is associated with the Denver Jewish Film Festival and hosts the Boulder Public Library's annual Jewish Film Series

Gregory Maguire is the author of several best-selling adult novels, including Wicked, which was turned into a Broadway musical. His books for younger readers include the picture book Crabby Cratchitt, the novel The Good Liar, and the popular Hamlet Chronicles series. While writing Leaping Beauty, Mr. Maguire sadly became allergic to all creatures great and small. Now he lives in a house without pets, though he is the father of three happy, noisy small children to whom, at this writing, he has not yet developed allergies.


NPR
Sunday, Nov 7, 2010

Notable writers including Michael Cunningham and Joyce Carol Oates have revamped old fairy tales for a new collection called My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. Guest host Lynn Neary speaks to writers Kate Bernheimer and Neil LaBute about the new book. More at NPR.org

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