Blue Beyond Blue

Blue Beyond Blue

Extraordinary Tales for Ordinary Dilemmas

By Lauren Slater; Stephanie Knowles (Illustrator)

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393059595, 211pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2005

MERMAIDS, SEAL WOMEN, little girls born of eggs, old men born of prematurely aged parents, and other strange creatures populate award-winning author Lauren Slater's stories of magic, psychology, pain, and release. Slater depicts the modern-day psycho-pharmaceutical industry and our ongoing obsession with chemically synthetic solutions, the staleness and surprises embedded in married erotic love, the conflicts in the mother-daughter bond, the universal struggle with dependency and addiction, and more. In addition, she explicitly and implicitly explores the value that fairy tales and fables still have in our culture as tools of healing and illumination. In writing fairy tales for adults, Slater successfully combines her skills as a storyteller and her profound knowledge of psychology to create a bizarre world that is also hauntingly familiar. Daring and absurd, poignant and disturbing, these stories are beautifully written and will enchant and edify adult readers forever after.