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A plain-spoken, appealing narrator relates the history of her parents - a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. With her mother's death in childbirth, so begins a heroine's tale equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale...
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A plain-spoken, appealing narrator relates the history of her parents - a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. With her mother's death in childbirth, so begins a heroine's tale equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, readers will be enchanted by this story at once familiar and entirely new.
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Valente’s adaptation of the fairy tale to the Old West provides a witty read with complex reverberations from the real world. Snow White is the daughter of a Crow woman abducted and forced into marriage by an unloving white magnate called only Mr. H. She gets her name in mockery, as white is “the one thing I was not and could never be.” When her father remarries, Snow White’s glimpse into the second Mrs. H’s mirror suggests they share the yoke of female subservience, but the two are inevitably at odds—so the young woman dons a man’s clothes and, like Huck Finn, chooses the “Indian Territory” that so frightens Mr. H’s world. Enter a pursuing Pinkerton’s detective, a pony named Charming, seven kick-ass outlaw ladies, and a variety of showdowns as Snow White searches for meaning, love, and a semblance of belonging. Any attempt to derive a simple message from this work would be an injustice to the originality of the atmosphere, the complexity of the interplay of its elements, and the simple pleasure of savoring Valente’s exuberant writing. Agent: Howard Morhaim, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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Snow White is the daughter of a wealthy Nevada silver baron and a Crow woman who was forced to marry him, then died after giving birth. Snow grows up a stranger in her own home after her father marries a fine New England lady who makes it clear that there is no room in her heart for the copper-skinned girl with black hair and eyes. So Snow dresses in man's clothes and flees to "Indian Territory" out west. She takes up residence with seven outlaws, befriends the animals of the forest, dodges the Pinkerton detective who's pursuing her, and meets her death many times. VERDICT Valente's (Palimpsest; In the Night Garden) talent for telling stories that have the cadence and grace of poetry makes her a perfect interpreter of classic stories. Her fans will appreciate the humor and artistry in this imaginative retelling of one of the world's most popular fairy tales.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596065529
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Edition description: Limited
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherynne M. Valente, acclaimed author of many books for adults, made her children's book debut with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her husband.

Earphones Award winner Julia Whelan grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but currently resides in Los Angeles. She is a former child actor, having appeared in multiple television shows, most notably ABC's "Once and Again." After receiving her college degree, she returned to acting and is pursuing a career in the film industry, as well as creative writing. Her audiobook credits include romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult and adult fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Catherynne Valente has a gift for telling fairy tales that never

    Catherynne Valente has a gift for telling fairy tales that never fails. In this unique book, she masterfully blends the mythos of the American west with the timeless tale of Snow White - and even manages to mix in some tragically accurate history. Valente's Snow White is a beautifully complex character, with the most real hurt and depth of any fairy tale character I've seen. This retelling removes her prince and returns Snow's voice and salvation to her own hands, without betraying the familiar motifs and elements of the beloved fairy tale. Clocking in at just 168 pages, this story is a quick read, but one to put down and mull over, and come back to, again and again.

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