A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve “lush and deliciously sinister fairy tales” (Kelly Link) by the New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country!
Before The Hazel Wood, there was Althea Proserpine’s Tales from the Hinterland...
Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice—and still lives.
Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans alike, Melissa Albert's Tales from the Hinterland features full-page illustrations by Jim Tierney, foil stamping, two-color interior printing, and printed endpapers.
Albert brings The Hazel Wood's fictional fairy tale volume to life in 12 finely wrought but gruesome stories of captive wives, abused women, and their bloody revenge. Framed by Tierney's intricately inked woodcut-style illustrations, the fictional Hinterlands and their fairy tale logic shine when illuminating aspects of troubled family dynamics: "Hansa the Traveler" sets its cloistered protagonist questing to save her star mother and confronts the cost of being a rescuer, while "The House Under the Stairwell" offers a somber, heartfelt reflection on the work of repair. Weaker entries, however, collapse into repetitive revenges or horror genre despair, and Albert's allegories lose power as the dynamics and relationships they stand for fail to grow, broaden, or change. Fans of Emily Carroll, Catherynne M. Valente, and Albert's own work will thrill to this volume's fairy tale cadences and inventive, deep-shadowed imagery, but the parade of voiceless, mutilated, broken women may leave readers wanting range and depth. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 12 up. \n