In the Forest of Forgetting

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In the Forest of Forgetting showcases such stories as "The Rose in Twelve Petals," "The Rapid Advance of Sorrow," "Lily, With Clouds," "In the Forest of Forgetting," "Sleeping With Bears" and many more, with an introduction by Terri Windling and cover by Virginia Lee.

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Overview

In the Forest of Forgetting showcases such stories as "The Rose in Twelve Petals," "The Rapid Advance of Sorrow," "Lily, With Clouds," "In the Forest of Forgetting," "Sleeping With Bears" and many more, with an introduction by Terri Windling and cover by Virginia Lee.

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Publishers Weekly
Goss's collection of 16 gothic stories possesses a spare, surprising beauty, though her modern-day characters, like those in fairy tales, are constrained by the hard lessons she sets out to teach. The three linked stories, "Miss Emily Gray," "Conrad" and "Lessons with Miss Gray," turn on the character of the title, a dark Mary Poppins-like woman who exists to grant children their hearts' desires-often at a high price. Goss layers the Victorian tone and everyday magic of these tales with commentary on familial negotiations and the grave consequences for heedless behavior. Other stories consider family cohesion and snobbery, as in "Sleeping with Bears," about a Southern belle who exhibits "no originality" until she marries a bear named Trout Catcher. Her sister quickly comes to understand the attraction. In "Lily, with Clouds," a bohemian woman dying of cancer returns to her blue-blooded family in Virginia, where her conventional sister can't help judging her unusual life. Though Goss (The Rose in Twelve Petals and Other Stories) crafts these delicate stories with tight control and wit, in toto they become something of a moral sledgehammer. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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A young princess willingly meets her fate in "The Rose in Twelve Petals," while in "Conrad," a young man realizes his family is not what he thinks it is. The 17 tales in this collection (some original to this volume) by World Fantasy Award nominee Goss center on the mixture of the magical and the mundane, the world of today and the world of fairy tales. Gracefully written and elegantly styled, these stories are recommended for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809556915
  • Publisher: Prime Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/24/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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