First edition (publ. Coach House Books)
|Audio read by||Barbara Karmazyn|
|Publisher||Coach House Press|
|Second edition, published by Virago, 2010, ISBN 9781844086924|
The collection explores the sinister side of classical myths, traditional Anglo-European folklore and literary archetypes. Through the stories, Atwood gives voice to the "bad girls": the stupid, ugly or wicked stepmothers and stepsisters who feature as antagonists in the archetypes Atwood explores. For example, the Little Red Hen, the stepsisters from 'Cinderella', and Gertrude from William Shakespeare's Hamlet get their say. Ultimately, these stories explore the danger of life (which inevitably ends in death) and the power of telling one's own story.
Garvie, Maureen (September 19, 1992), "The Little Red Hen's Tale", The Whig-Standard, pg. 1.
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