Monday, November 16, 2009

2009 book 235

Margo Lanagan's Tender Morsels
Alternately winning awards and causing controversy, Lanagan's dark, dark, dark retelling of Snow White and Rose Red takes place in two worlds--in one, a young girl is sexually abused, and in the other, she finds her own piece of heaven with her daughters, free from fear--at least until bears and men encroach.

I think at least part of the controversy comes from classifying this as a YA novel--it's definitely for the older end of that age group, as it doesn't shy away from the horrors and fears of young womanhood (which also makes it a valuable read). I do think it's weird that some reviews seem to be stressing the incest thing, instead of just calling it sexual abuse, but whatever. A-/B+.

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