Book Review: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales - edited by: Kate Bernheimer



Publish Date:
September 28, 2010

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

Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Aimee Bender, Kelly Link, Lydia Millet, and more than thirty other extraordinary writers celebrate fairy tales in this thrilling volume-the ultimate literary costume party.

Spinning houses and talking birds. Whispered secrets and borrowed hope. Here are new stories sewn from old skins, gathered from around the world 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.

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.

Review: “My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales” is a collection of fairy-tales for adults who haven’t lost their child-like wonder in the world. The authors and their tales are of myriad variety, but all bring a new twist on a fairy tale you may know by heart. Please suspend belief and join these authors in a trip through the looking glass. One thing to keep in mind – the new fairy tales don't follow the source material to the letter and are all the better because of it.


  1. I've already got this on my wish list. I can't wait to read it.

  2. This sounds amazing! I'd never heard of it before, but it's now on my TBR list, thanks to you =D


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