Reviewers, booksellers, and librarians get National Book Award finalist Michael Cadnum’s CAN’T CATCH ME AND OTHER TWICE-TOLD TALES
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“Turns the familiar on its head, from basilisk to gingerbread man, and makes you forget, for a few charmed moments, that these aren’t quite the tales you thought you knew.”
—Patricia A. McKillip, author of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Wonders of the Invisible World
Discover National Endowment for the Arts fellowship-recipient Michael Cadnum’s groundbreaking collection of deftly rearranged myths and fairy tales. Can’t Catch Me, featuring six original tales, rekindles the excitement of adored childhood adventures. These witty, perceptive tales cleverly twist, turn, and veer off into unexpected, enchanting territory.
Twice-told, Cadnum’s narratives are newly revealed through their supporting casts, from the giant’s wife who simply wants Jack to bugger off (so she can continue collaborating on poetry), to a bratty, unrepentant Gingerbread Man sounding off on overprotective parents, meddlesome neighbors, and untrustworthy foxes.
“Concise writing cuts to the heart of the matter in this droll collection from National Book Award–finalist Cadnum (The Book of the Lion), whether it be a certain gingerbread boy’s overbearing parents in the title story or a ghostly Ophelia bent on her own secret revenge in ‘Or Be to Not.’ Even the most urbane bears can be brought low when entrapped by a crusading pro-human Goldilocks in ‘Bear It Away,’ while a certain giant’s wife manages to create a happy ending after a young thief escapes by beanstalk in ‘Mrs. Big.’ ‘Medusa,’ ‘Daphne,’ and ‘Give Him the Eye’ offer stark insight into the behavior of Greek gods and goddesses as well as the brutal side of love. Meanwhile, elves, no matter how gifted, find little welcome when faced with human suspicions in ‘Naked Little Men’ and ‘Elf Trap,’ while ‘Together Again’ gives the truth behind that old nursery rhyme about a lord named Humpty Dumpty. Both adult and YA readers will enjoy this quirky assemblage of 18 traditional tales with a modern edge.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Bear It Away
- Can’t Catch Me
- Mrs. Big
- Give Him the Eye
- Or Be to Not
- Ella and the Canary Prince
- The Flounder’s Kiss
- Bite the Hand
- Naked Little Men
- Elf Trap
- Together Again
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Cover by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law