Snow White at the Dwarf Colony
In this novella-length re-telling of the classic fairy tale, the wicked queen is Snow White's actual mother and the dwarfs are little people rather than cute Disney-esque caricatures. Two first-person narrators unfold the tale: Gereth the Huntsman, who grew up with Snow White's mother and has observed her complete lack of empathy and ruthless exploitation of other people; and Giddeus the Dwarf, head of the colony, who resents the arrival of Snow White and the influence she brings to bear upon the other dwarfs. The author is a clinical psychologist and noted authority on the subject of narcissism (The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me Age, Touchstone 2015). In this fully psychological version of Snow White, he explores the themes of shame, envy, narcissism, and failures of empathy, shedding light on some darker aspects of the human psyche.