Kissing the Witch

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Hamish Hamilton, 1997 - Fairy tales - 210 pages
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Thirteen interconnected stories, narrated by women, inspired by the themes encountered in classic fairy tales. By the author of Hood.

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Writing is gorgeous. - Goodreads
The stories have unrealistic and unsatisfying endings. - Goodreads
It's fun and easy to read. - Goodreads
The writing is sublime. - Goodreads
Typically beautiful Donoghue writing. - Goodreads
I can't get enough of her writing! - Goodreads

Review: Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins

User Review  - Claudia - Goodreads

I can't remember when I last sat down and finished a book in one sitting. This was simply and truly amazing. Such gentleness, power and rhythm within its storytelling - I felt love through every single word and for me being the cynic I am it felt simply wonderful. Read full review

Review: Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins

User Review  - Bri - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this. Donogue has stark language; she doesn't waste words but uses them beautifully. Some of the stories work better than others or are more interesting, but she weaves them together ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Emma Donoghue was born on October 24, 1969 in Dublin, Ireland. She received her BA degree from the University College Dublin and PhD in English from University of Cambridge. Her first novel was Stir Fry and it was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 1994. Her next novel was Hood which won the 1997 American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Book Award for Literature. Her novel Slammerkin was a finalist in the 2001 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction. The Sealed Letter, published in 2008, was her latest work of historical fiction. It is based on the Codrington Affair - which was a divorce case that captivated Britain in 1864. This work was the joint winner of the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. She continued writing several award winning novels including the Room which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and on September 7, 2010 it made the short list.

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