Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Girl Who ...
Last December, I journeyed into Fairyland with September. Then in February, I followed her again into Fairyland-Below on a search for Halloween. If this doesn't make any sense to you, then you haven't read Catherynne M. Valente's pair of YA fantasy novels, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. These stories are part Wonderland, part Oz and all heart-warming and fantastic.
I won't go into the plots of these stories because you're likely already familiar with them if you're at all interested. I'll just tell you that it took me a little bit of time in the beginning to get used to Valente's unique narrating voice and to stop seeing the seams between the various stories she has stitched together, a little time before I could see the beauty of the tapestry that she has woven that brings together stories both new and old. She has created something that manages to be timeless and original at once. If you need an escape into a world of strange fruits, shape-shifters and matters both urgent and festive, these are the books for you.
Wishing for a ship of my own,