Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tiptree Honors : Things I Know About Fairy Tales by Roxanne Gay and Ash by Malinda Lo

The short fiction work, Things I Know About Fairy Tales by Roxane Gay, also received a Tiptree Honor. Actually, it was on an addition to the honor list, a “long list” of additional works they found worthy of attention.

This story available to read online and here are the first few paragraphs to whet your appetite:

When I was very young, my mother told me that she didn’t believe in fairy tales. They were, she liked to say, lessons dressed in fancy clothes. She preferred to excise the princesses and villains and instead concerned herself with the moral of the story.

Once upon a time, not long ago, I was kidnapped and held captive for thirteen days. Shortly after I was freed, my mother told me there was nothing to be learned from what had happened to me. She told me to forget the entire incident because there was no moral to the story.

Little Red Riding Hood didn’t see the danger she was facing until it was too late. She thought she was safe. She trusted. And then, she wasn’t safe at all.


On the same list was the novel, Ash by Malinda Lo.

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