CRRL Picks: Re-Tells: Modern Fairy Tales
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Annotation:The story of a prince trapped in the briars; a sleeping beauty who cannot awaken, dreaming of a succession of kissing princes; and the old spell-casting fairy who inhabits the princess's dreams, regaling her with legends of other sleeping beauties.
Annotation:On seeing her portrait, a servant girl modelling for an artist in 17th-century Holland realizes she is ugly. But the portrait opens her eyes to the world of art, and she becomes a painter.
Annotation:When Justine Hoffman was born her mother cast a spell to protect her from heartbreak, and as a result, she is incapable of falling in love. Eventually Justine's irrepressible curiosity--and her wish to lead a normal life--get the better of her, and she finds a way to temporarily block the enchantment. However, when Justine meets the mysterious Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that will threaten everything she holds dear....
Annotation:When the wary woman and mysterious man take roles in a community theater production, they risk far more than the judgment of an audience. They risk their very lives. Because both of them have secrets. Both are living a lie. And both know the first rule of survival is, Tell No One.
Annotation:Miss Kate Daltry doesn't believe in fairy tales . . .or happily ever after. Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and decides he's anything but charming.
Annotation:One gloomy, windswept morning as Princess Margrethe stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea, she witnesses a miracle: a glittering mermaid emerging from the waves, a nearly drowned man in her arms.
Annotation:A magic carpet ride examining the lives of Fatima Abdullah and her huge dysfunctional family. Imitating Scheherazade, Fatima spins her own tales to the legendary storyteller. And she has plenty of material.
Annotation:Henry takes Emma back to his home in Storybrooke, Maine, where, Henry claims, all the residents are actually fairy tale characters who can't remember their true identities.
Annotation:In Rosamund's realm, happiness hinges on a few simple beliefs. For every princess there's a prince. The King has ultimate power. Stepmothers should never be trusted. And bad things come to those who break with Tradition.
Annotation:As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.
Annotation:All the creatures of the forest and field and riverbank knew the infant was special. She was the princess, spirited away from the evil fairy Pernicia on her name-day. But the curse was cast: Rosie was fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a poisoned sleep.
Annotation:In this graceful retelling of the Irish legend of Deirdre of the Sorrows, a young woman's birth lays a curse upon the kingdom of Ulster and its aging king.