Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Eight retellings with a bite of darkness

M. A. Kuzniar spent six years living in Spain, teaching English and travelling the world which inspired her children’s series The Ship of Shadows.

Her adult debut novel Midnight in Everwood was inspired by her love of ballet and love of The Nutcracker.

At CrimeReads Kuzniar tagged eight "retellings [that are] a mixture of fairy tales and folklore (for they often intersect) that explore deeper themes and do not shy away from the darker side of human nature." One title on the list:
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Set during a brutal winter of 1920s rural Alaska, this is a reimagining of the classic Russian fairy tale Snegurochka or, The Snow Maiden. When a little girl, made out of snow, appears to Mabel and Jack after a tragic stillbirth several years ago, hope enters their fragmented lives and relationship once more. But is she what she seems? This novel is ethereal and beautiful. But threaded through its pages is an exploration of the difficult themes of death and loss and grief.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue