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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales

 
 
Author
Michael Cunningham. Yuko Shimizu, illus.
Publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux  
Format hardcover, First Edition, Signed Bookplate
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 6.45 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780374290252
Pages/Publication Date 134/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59504
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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread—the imaginary worlds of childhood are transformed by Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Michael Cunningham into 11 stories of sublime revelation. Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half-cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother's basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans. Exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, these bedtime stories have rarely been this dark or perverse, or rung so true. We are offering this first edition with a bookplate signed by Cunningham.
 
 
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