Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls

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MacAdam Cage, 2006 - Fiction - 255 pages
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A series of contemporary fairy tales populated by wolves, witches, snakes, and an entirely new breed of heroine.

In this Brothers Grimm–meets–Bridget Jones collection of linked stories, Danielle Wood introduces readers to Rosie Little, a thoroughly modern Little Red Riding Hood who offers her sharp, rueful take on life, love, and everything in between.

Rosie knows better than most that some men are wolves at heart, that the snake in the grass is to be avoided, and that fairy-tale endings are usually, after all, only fairy tales. And yet stout-hearted Rosie reassures us that there are ways out of the deep dark forests of our own making in these survival tales of teenagers deflowered at parties, a young journalist who misses the chance to write a front-page story because she’s busy flirting with a married man, and two women who must cope with the loss of their babies.

A brand-new take on the age-old fairy tale,Rosie Little’s Cautionary Tales for Girlswill appeal especially to readers like Rosie, with “boots as stout as their hearts, and who are prepared to firmly lace them up (boots and hearts both) and step out into the wilds in search of what they desire.”

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User Review  - SelimaCat - LibraryThing

A quirky little collection of short stories that borrow lightly from fairy tales without falling into Feminist Retellings 101. Likeable, familiar, chick-lit voice, but the surreal props, plot twists ... Read full review

Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls

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Linked anecdotes about the perils of young womanhood from Australian author Wood trendily play off of antediluvian diction and antiquated women's advice columns, but actually possesses some hard-won ... Read full review


Not for Good Girls
VIRGINITY The Deflowering of Rosie Little
Rosie Little in the Mother Country

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Danielle Wood's first novel, The Alphabet of Light and Dark, was short-listed for the 2004 Commonwealth Writers' Prize in the Best First Book category (Southeast Asia and South Pacific Region) and nominated for the 2005 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Wood is also the recipient of the 2002 Australian/Vogel Literary Award, Australia's richest prize for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five.

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