How a Mother Weaned Her Girl From Fairy Tales

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How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales

Stories by Kate Bernheimer
August 2014

6 x 7.5 | 167 pages

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Publisher’s Description: No one has done more for the contemporary fairy tale than Kate Bernheimer. In eight new stories, she leads us into a forest of everyday magic and misfits, where dinosaurs wear pajamas and talking dolls ruin your life. Elegant and brutal, Bernheimer’s latest collection locates the existential loveliness of ideas amidst the topsy-turvy logic of things. This collection renews classic stories with intelligent wonder. Like one of Bernheimer’s girls, whose hands of steel turn to flowers, the reader will marvel.

“Gobble up these stories as you would a trail of bread crumbs that leads into the dark, magical woods of Kate Bernheimer’s imagination. Here you will be happily lost, sometimes afraid, often amused and always awed.” —Benjamin Percy

“Hauntingly poetic. . . . By turns lovely and tragic, Bernheimer’s spare but cap- tivating fables of femininity resonate like a string of sad but all-too-real and meaningful dreams. This is a collection readers won’t soon forget, one that rede- fines the fairy tale into something wholly original.” Booklist

“Imaginative . . . lean and lyrical writing . . . Bernheimer’s passion for fairy tales is evident in every story she spins . . . [her] work provides a refreshing contrast to most available fiction. It is no stretch to compare her to Aimee Bender or Kelly Link.” Library Journal

“A master of minimalist style, Kate Bernheimer taps into the poetry of fairy tales to reveal the dread that seeps into ordinary things as well as the redemptive power of language and story.” —Maria Tatar, Chair, Program in Folklore & Mythology, Harvard University

Kate Bernheimer’s beautiful and daring stories do not lead us to familiar places. She miraculously collapses the distinctions between the quotidian and the wondrous, the enchanted and the cursed, and takes us into the dark woods to wander until we too can see each uncanny branch.” —Jenny Offill

“While Bernheimer’s tools and techniques are ancient, her materials are contem- porary. . . . It’s a fine writer who can demonstrate so perfectly how a primal form maintains currency in any era.” Review of Contemporary Fiction

“I’ll read anything [Kate Berhnehimer] writes, and I’ll undoubtedly learn more about myself and my own writing than from 100 other books. Truth is, I hope every young writer is lucky enough to discover a particular writer who speaks to her more than any other, a writer whose words reach out through the pages and touch her heart, the way Kate Bernheimer has done for me.” Electric Literature

“These aren’t fairy tales, they’re signposts for the lost–and strange lands await if you go their way.” —Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

“Recommended if you like: offbeat, unusually structured stories; re-imagined fairy tales with a somewhat dark (but also whimsical) tone.” Insatiable Booksluts

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