Valente, Catherynne. The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden. If you believe in fairy tales, you must read this book. I've written about this wonderful book here and here. Valente's writing pulls you in through the cycle of tales that circle around and back again, introducing new characters and new tales that all have interconnections; every apparent loose thread is deftly interwoven with a new story. Myths, folklore, and fairy tales are re-created with a Beastiary both familiar and new. Volume 2 is not due out until October, and I know I will have to re-read this shortly before it does appear.
Here is a link to the title song from the CD For the Girl in the Garden:Songs and Readings in Celebration of The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by S. J. Tucker.
I admit to pre-ordering Valente's sequel. And I will searching out her other works as well.
Fiction. Myth/Fairy Tale. 483 pages. 2006.