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Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden

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.


  1. The description of the orphan with tatooed eyelids was a strong visual...will any of these stories inspire a quilt? I'm writing this title down for future reference...will let you know when I get it in my hands :)

  2. K - It is a strong visual, isn't it? Hope you can find a copy, I think you'd like it!

  3. I followed your link so that I can check out the book - it looks really good!