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My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales (2010)

by Kate Bernheimer (Editor), Carmen Giménez Smith (Editor)

Other authors: Kim Addonizio (Contributor), Chris Adrian (Contributor), Rabih Alameddine (Contributor), Naoko Awa (Contributor), Aimee Bender (Contributor)38 more, Kate Berhneimer (Introduction), Kate Bernheimer (Contributor), Francesca Lia Block (Contributor), Karen Brennan (Contributor), Kevin Brockmeier (Contributor), Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum (Contributor), Lucy Corin (Contributor), Michael Cunningham (Contributor), Kathryn Davis (Contributor), Rikki Ducornet (Contributor), Brian Evenson (Contributor), Karen Joy Fowler (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Lily Hoang (Contributor), Hiromi Ito (Contributor), Shelley Jackson (Contributor), Ilya Kaminsky (Contributor), Jonathon Keats (Contributor), Neil LaBute (Contributor), Kelly Link (Contributor), Gregory Maguire (Foreword), Sabrina Orah Mark (Contributor), Michael Martone (Contributor), Joyelle McSweeney (Contributor), Michael Mejia (Contributor), Lydia Millet (Contributor), Alissa Nutting (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Contributor), Francine Prose (Contributor), Stacey Richter (Contributor), Marjorie Sandor (Contributor), Timothy Schaffert (Contributor), Jim Shepard (Contributor), John Updike (Contributor), Katherine Vaz (Contributor), Kellie Wells (Contributor), Joy Williams (Contributor)

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The founder of the literary journal "Fairy Tale Review" collects stories inspired by classic fairy tales and written by such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Francine Prose, Kevin Brockmeier, and Shelley Jackson.

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Again with the books I wanted to like and just couldn't get into. There are some gems of story in here, but it's pretty slow going to get to them. I found that most of the stories were either slavish retellings of original stories, or wild philosophical ramblings that were difficult to follow. In both instances, they were tedious in the extreme. The exceptions were tremendous, but were almost always from writers who don't forget that tale implies storytelling. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
This is essential reading for any admirer of the fairy tale. There are a few duds scattered throughout, but on the whole it's the best collection of modern re-imaginings of fairy tales that I've ever read, and I've read quite a few. I know I'll be coming back to this one in the future to re-read my favorites. ( )
  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
I only read half of the book because I got bored with it. A few of the stories stood out (Gaiman's and a few others) but a lot of the stories weren't as good as the synopsis promised or seemed to end up in a different place than the author's stated intention. ( )
  LoriFox | Oct 24, 2020 |
An eclectic collection of re-imagined tales by some well-known and respected authors, primarily hailing from the fantasy/science fiction section. As in most anthologies, there is variation in the quality of the stories-hence the three-star rating. Some were pretty experimental, while others more closely aligned themselves to the conventions of traditional fairy tales. Judging the degree of success is a bit subjective, so it would be recommended that a reader skim through the forty and select whichever ones seem to appeal to them the most. Bernheimer also released a second collection in 2013, this time geared toward re-telling of myths entitled: xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths. ( )
  jnmegan | Jul 31, 2018 |
Is there no rating less than 1?
  LaurieGienapp | Dec 8, 2017 |
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Bernheimer, KateEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Giménez Smith, CarmenEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Addonizio, KimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adrian, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alameddine, RabihContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Awa, NaokoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bender, AimeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berhneimer, KateIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernheimer, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Block, Francesca LiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brennan, KarenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brockmeier, KevinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bynum, Sarah Shun-LienContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corin, LucyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cunningham, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, KathrynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ducornet, RikkiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Evenson, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fowler, Karen JoyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoang, LilyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ito, HiromiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jackson, ShelleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaminsky, IlyaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keats, JonathonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
LaBute, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Link, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maguire, GregoryForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mark, Sabrina OrahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martone, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McSweeney, JoyelleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Millet, LydiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nutting, AlissaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Petrushevskaya, LudmillaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Richter, StaceyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Schaffert, TimothyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepard, JimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Updike, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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  • Drawing the Curtain / Gregory Maguire
  • Baba Iaga and the Pelican Child / Joy Williams
  • Ardour / Jonathon Keats
  • I'm Here / Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
  • The Brother and the Bird / Alissa Nutting
  • Hansel and Gretel / Francine Prose
  • A Day in the Life of Half of Rumpslstiltskin / Kevin Brockmeier
  • With Hair of Hand-Spun Gold / Neil Labute
  • The Swan Brothers / Shelley Jackson
  • The Warm Mouth / Joyelle McSweeney
  • Snow White, Rose Red / Lydia Millet
  • The Erlking / Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
  • Dapplegrim / Brian Evenson
  • The Wild Swans / Michael Cunningham
  • Halfway People / Karen Joy Fowler
  • Green Air / Rikki Ducoret
  • The Mermaid / Timothy Schaffert
  • What the Conch Shell Sings When the Body Is Gone / Katherine Vaz
  • The Snow Queen / Karen Brennan
  • Eyes of Dogs / Lucy Corin
  • Little Pot / Ilya Kaminsky
  • A Bucket of Warm Spit / Michael Martone
  • Catskin / Kelly Link
  • Teague O'Kane and the Corpse / Chris Adrian
  • Pleasure Boating in Lituya Bay / Jim Shepard
  • Body-Without-Soul / Kathryn Davis
  • The Girl, the Wolf, the Crone / Kellie Wells
  • My Brother Gary Made a Movie and This Is What Happened / Sabrina Orah Mark
  • The Color Master / Aimee Bender
  • The White Cat / Marjorie Sandor
  • Blue-Bearded Lover / Joyce Carol Oates
  • Bluebeard in Ireland / John Updike
  • A Kiss to Wake the Sleeper / Rabih Alameddine
  • A Case Study of Emergency Room Procedure and Risk Management by Hospital Staff Members in the Urban Facility / Stacey Richter
  • Orange / Neil Gaiman
  • Psyche's Dark Night / Francesca Lia Block
  • The Story of the Mosquito / Lily Hoang
  • First Day of Snow / Naoko Awa
  • I Am Anjuhimeko / Hiromi Itō
  • Coyote Takes Us Home / Michael Mejia
  • Ever After / Kim Addonizio
  • Whitework / Kate Bernheimer
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