Returning My Sister's Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice

Returning My Sister's Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice

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by Eugie Foster
     
 

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"Whimsy and malice­--yes­--also mystery, a very female sensuality, and wit. An elegant and entertaining book."

--Ursula K. Le Guin

"The tales are beautifully written, elegant, passionate, funny, and moving. The entire collection is a delightful, magical bridge across cultures. I hope many readers find their way to it."

--Patricia A.

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"Whimsy and malice­--yes­--also mystery, a very female sensuality, and wit. An elegant and entertaining book."

--Ursula K. Le Guin

"The tales are beautifully written, elegant, passionate, funny, and moving. The entire collection is a delightful, magical bridge across cultures. I hope many readers find their way to it."

--Patricia A. McKillip

"Noted short story author Foster offers a dozen enchanting and sometimes chilling tales alive with elegantly sketched characters and sensibilities drawn from Asian folklore . . . Readers who long for a break from European medieval fantasy will be charmed and entertained by Foster's tales."

--Publishers Weekly

Enchantment, peril and romance pervade the shadowy Far East, from the elegant throne room of the emperor's palace to the humble teahouse of a peasant village. In these dozen stories of adventure and magic from the Orient, a maiden encounters an oni demon in the forest, a bride discovers her mother-in-law is a fox woman, a samurai must appease his sister's angry ghost, strange luck is found in a jade locket, and dark and light are two sides of harmony.

A striking debut collection from Eugie Foster.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Noted short story author Foster offers a dozen enchanting and sometimes chilling tales alive with elegantly sketched characters and sensibilities drawn from Asian folklore…Readers who long for a break from European medieval fantasy will be charmed and entertained by Foster’s tales.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Whimsy and malice—yes—also mystery, a very female sensuality, and wit. An elegant and entertaining book.
Patricia A. McKillip
The tales are beautifully written, elegant, passionate, funny and moving. The entire collection is a delightful, magical bridge across cultures. I hope many readers find their way to it.
Holly Phillips
Eugie Foster bridges the gap between the traditional fairytale and historical fantasy. Throughout the collection she alternates between re-tellings of Chinese and Japanese legends and original stories with elements drawn from the same deep wells. There is a formality to the writing that suits the traditional strain, giving a timeless authority to all the stories without making them unapproachable. On the contrary, they are charming to read.
Erzebet YellowBoy
Lovers of fairy and folk tales who crave, as I do, stories from cultures not their own will delight in these deceptively simple tales. They are layered with tragedy and superstition, with spirituality and most importantly, with a fine sense of the marvelous.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607620105
Publisher:
Eugie Foster
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Eugie Foster received the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novelette and was named the Author of the Year by Bards and Sages. THE DRAGON AND THE STARS anthology, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi, with her story, "Mortal Clay, Stone Heart," won the 2011 Prix Aurora Award for Best English Related Work. Her fiction has also received the 2002 Phobos Award; been translated into eight languages; and been a finalist for the Hugo and British Science Fiction Association awards. Her publication credits number over 100 and include stories in REALMS OF FANTASY, INTERZONE, APEX MAGAZINE, CRICKET, and FANTASY MAGAZINE; podcasts ESCAPE POD, PSEUDOPOD, PODCASTLE, and DRABBLECAST; and anthologies BEST NEW FANTASY, BEST NEW ROMANTIC FANTASY 2, and the 2011 NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE. Visit her online at EugieFoster.com.

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