by Danielle Wood - £8.99 Allen & Unwin (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781741756746 | ISBN 10: 174175674x
A sly, cheeky and blackly comic novel about mothering, heartache, heartbreak, desire, love and death, bringing the mothers of the Brothers Grimm into the here and now.
You make deals with God. You make deals with the Devil. You're not fussy. But as a wise man once said: It's the saying you don't care what you get what gets you jiggered. So you say it, and you're jiggered, but what you give birth to is a hedgehog. It's prickly and its cry is a noise so terrible that you wish someone would scrape fingernails on a blackboard to give you some relief.
In a fairytale, the only good mother is six feet under. All the others are bad news.
A fairytale mother will exchange her first-born child for a handful of leafy greens. And if times get tough, she'll walk her babes into the woods and leave them there.
But mothers of today do no such things. Do they?
In this collection of heartbreakingly honest stories, the mothers of the Brothers Grimm are brought - with wit, subversiveness and lyrical prose - into the here and now.
Danielle Wood turns four fairytales on their heads and makes them exquisitely her own.
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