Snow White Learns Witchcraft: Stories and Poems

Snow White Learns Witchcraft: Stories and Poems

by Theodora Goss

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2020 Mythopoeic Award Winner for Adult Literature!

2020 Locus Award finalist, Best Collection

Contains "A Country Called Winter," 2020 Locus Award finalist for Best Novelette


"I was expecting this to be good, but it's wonderful. Seeing these pieces together makes me realize what a vivid, authentic and important voice Goss is. These are real fairytales, magical, unsettling, touching, and brilliant. I loved every word."
—Jo Walton, World Fantasy, Nebula, and Hugo award–winning author of Among Others


"Fairy tales are clothing, and to retell them is fashion. The fashion of these particular stories and poems is an abundance of lace, roses and porcelain contrasting with fur, snow and blood."
—Amal El-Mohtar, The New York Times


"Goss takes obvious delight in reweaving classic European folk tales to reveal new, often deeply feminist, perspectives...This toothsome collection is best read in one go."
Publishers Weekly, starred review


A young woman hunts for her wayward shadow at the school where she  first learned magic—while another faces a test she never studied for as ice envelopes the world. The tasks assigned a bookish boy lead him to  fateful encounters with lizards, owls, trolls and a feisty, sarcastic cat. A bear wedding is cause for celebration, the spinning wheel and the tower in the briar hedge get to tell their own stories, and a kitchenmaid finds out that a lost princess is more than she seems. The sea witch reveals what she hoped to gain when  she took the mermaid's voice. A wiser Snow White sets out to craft  herself a new tale.


In these eight stories and twenty-three poems, World Fantasy Award  winner Theodora Goss retells and recasts fairy tales by Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Oscar Wilde.  Sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious, always lyrical, the works  gathered in Snow White Learns Witchcraft re-center and empower  the women at the heart of these timeless narratives. Science Fiction  and Fantasy Writers of America Grand Master Jane Yolen, in her  introduction, proclaims that Goss "transposes, transforms, and  transcends times, eras, and old tales with ease. But also there is a  core of tough magic that runs through all her pieces like a river  through Faerie . . . I am ready to reread some of my new favorites."


"Rre-fleshes and re-clothes old tales in multifarious ways. Sometimes the stories' new garments are classic and mythic, sometimes they're up-to-the-minute, twenty-first-century creations...Goss shines her unique light into the fairytale forest—and many bright eyes gleam back."
—Margo Lanagan, New York Times–bestselling and World Fantasy Award–winning author of Tender Morsels


"A gorgeous, lyric collection of fairy tale retellings. Goss has the ability—the witchcraft—to be able to see the heart of the tale, and show it, polished and reflected and new, to the reader."
—Kat Howard, Alex Award–winning author of An Unkindness of Magicians


"This collection does what the best songs and poems and spells do: slips gently into your consciousness, then slowly changes the way you see the world."
—Fran Wilde, World Fantasy, Nebula, and Hugo finalist and author of the award-winning Bone Universe trilogy


Cover art by Ruth Sanderson


Product Details

BN ID: 2940155663355
Publisher: Mythic Delirium Books
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 32,280
File size: 636 KB

Table of Contents

A Welcome to the Coven: Introduction by Jane Yolen

Snow White Learns Witchcraft

The Ogress Queen

The Rose in Twelve Petals

Thorns and Briars

Rose Child



Mr. Fox

What Her Mother Said

Snow, Blood, Fur

The Red Shoes

Girl, Wolf, Woods

Red as Blood and White as Bone

The Gold-Spinner


Goldilocks and the Bear

Sleeping With Bears

The Stepsister’s Tale

The Clever Serving Maid

Seven Shoes

The Other Thea

The Sensitive Woman

The Bear’s Wife

The Bear’s Daughter

A Country Called Winter

How to Make It Snow

Diamonds and Toads

The Princess and the Frog

Conversations with the Sea Witch

The Nightingale and the Rose

Mirror, Mirror

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