My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales (New Fairy Tales)

by Kate Bernheimer, Gregory Maguire, Joyelle McSweeney, Lydia Millet, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Brian Evenson, Michael Cunningham, Karen Joy Fowler, Timothy Schaffert, Katherine Vaz, Karen Brennan, Lucy Corin, Joy Williams, Ilya Kaminsky, Michael Martone, Kelly Link, Chris Adrian, Jim Shepard, Kathryn Davis, Kellie Wells, Sabrina Orah Mark, Aimee Bender, Jonathon Keats, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Rabih Alameddine, Stacey Richter, Neil Gaiman, Francesca Lia Block, Lily Hoang, Naoko Awa, Hiromi Itō, Michael Mejia, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Kim Addonizio, Carmen Giménez Smith, Alissa Nutting, Francine Prose, Kevin Brockmeier, Neil LaBute, Shelley Jackson, Marjorie Sandor

The fairy tale lives again in this book of forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporaryfiction.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.63 out of 5
  • Published September 28th 2010 by Penguin Books
  • Original Title: My Mother She Killed Me
  • My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales
  • ISBN: 014311784X (ISBN13: 9780143117841)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Series: New Fairy Tales
  • Literary Awards: Shirley Jackson Award Nominee for Edited Anthology (Finalist) (2010)

The fairy tale lives again in this book of forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction. Neil Gaiman, “Orange”   Aimee Bender, “The Color Master”   Joyce Carol Oates, “Blue-bearded Lover”   Michael Cunningham, “The Wild Swans”   These and more than thirty other stories by Francine Prose, Kelly Link, Jim Shepard, Lydia Millet, and many other extraordinary writers make up this thrilling celebration of fairy tales—the ultimate literary costume party.   Spinning houses and talking birds. Whispered secrets and borrowed hope. Here are new stories sewn from old skins, gathered by visionary editor Kate Bernheimer and inspired by everything from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” and “The Little Match Girl” to Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” and “Cinderella” to the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” and “Rumpelstiltskin” to fairy tales by Goethe and Calvino and from China, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, Norway, and Mexico.   Fairy tales are our oldest literary tradition, and yet they chart the imaginative frontiers of the twenty-first century as powerfully as they evoke our earliest encounters with literature. This exhilarating collection restores their place in the literary canon.