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Teaser Tuesdays: Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

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This is a delightful blend of dark, gloomy fairy tale, historical fiction, and horror. I don’t want to say anything more about it at this point, but I think I’ve found a real winner.

For now, enjoy these lines, which are a fine example of the emphasis placed on the importance of storytelling.

“When I make up stories I’ll write them down so they won’t disappear or be changed.”

Greet shrugs. “Then they won’t be proper stories, will they?”

Also, who doesn’t love a little girl who thinks this:

When I grow up I shall be a famous author like Carol Lewis or Elle Franken Baum, but the girls in my books will be explorers, they’ll fly planes and fight battles, not play down holes with white rabbits or dance along brick roads with a silly scarecrow and a man made out of metal.

Stay tuned. Gretel and the Dark looks like a star.

This quotation comes from an uncorrected advance proof and is subject to change.

2 Responses

  1. Who is Elle? I thought Frank Baum wrote wizard of oz.

    That’s a really snazzy cover but why do publishers feel the need to include “a novel” as a typescript? This never made much sense to me.

    • L. Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz, and Lewis Carroll (actually a pseudonym) wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The charming joke here is that this little girl has mistakenly given them both women’s names; I enjoy it.

      And yes! the cover is beautiful, and yes! I share your frustration with the use of “a novel”… although it can occasionally be useful with those books that are not otherwise clearly fiction or nonfiction.

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