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Fairy Tale - A Novel (Hardcover): Alice Thomas Ellis
Fairy Tale - A Novel (Hardcover): Alice Thomas Ellis

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Alice Thomas Ellis

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Britisher Ellis (Unexplained Laughter, 1987; etc., etc.) offers a sharply amusing presentday retake of, say, A Midsummer Night's Dream - in which people are used by fairies for fairyreproduction and then are caused to forget all about it. Eloise has always been an independent-minded girl, but her mother Clare is even less pleased than usual when Eloise leaves London for a little red cottage isolated in Wales and sets up housekeeping as a seamstress while boyfriend Simon labors as a woodworker. Things get only worse - to Clare's way of thinking - when Eloise starts hinting about wanting a baby. And so, with longtime best friend Miriam, Clare goes on a rescue mission, tearing herself away from the cafes and shops of London and the many pleasurable woes the great city offers her as an aging divorcee - and goes out to the deep country, where "nothing ever happened." Life together in the red cottage proves rather crowded, especially when half-vacant Eloise's moodiness only intensifies - and when verystrange things happen, such as Eloise's walking in a downpour and staying dry. A gamekeeper with unnerving tales, four strange men who return again and again, a shepherd who seems not quite normal - all these not-humans will prove to have had a part in bringing about the sudden birth of Eloise's green-eyed "baby," and they'll have even more to do - and how - with the fate of this small but potent creature. As her story works toward its appropriately unshocking end, Ellis deepens the theme by remarking on humans' defilement of nature and on an obliviou earth that "cared nothing for humanity." And her perfectly toned social satire unfailingly holds its own, as in the fairy gamekeeper's thoughts: "Humans were useful for breeding, when you could catch one, and every now and then . . . he ate one, but otherwise he avoided them on the whole. . . . " Bright, thoughtful fiction that clips along, having both its say and its fun. (Kirkus Reviews)
There is a little brick house in an isolated valley in deepest Wales. To this idyllic retreat come Eloise and Simon, a young couple escaping the city. Eloise has led the way, inspired by the teachings of her muse, Moonbird, who holds that Mother Nature looks with benign concern upon her human children and sees to their well-being. At first all is well for Eloise and Simon and their cat M'sieu. Eloise spends her days sewing old-fashioned night dresses and petticoats which she sells to an exclusive shop in town; Simon does woodworking and odd jobs for the nearby farmers. The garden, the woods, the hills, the silence are all as Moonbird had promised. Or almost. For one day, four men, incongruously dressed in city suits and street shoes and carrying briefcases, walk up the country lane to the little house, and things begin to happen. Uncanny, inexplicable things. Things even Eloise's mother, Clare, and Clare's best friend, Miriam, who arrive from London, can't make heads or tails of. The two older women bicker and fuss, trying to decipher the younger woman's increasingly strange behavior. And then Eloise returns from a walk in the woods with a baby in her arms...


Imprint: Moyer Bell Ltd ,U.S.
Country of origin: United States
Release date: April 1998
Authors: Alice Thomas Ellis
Dimensions: 229 x 146 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 213
ISBN-13: 978-1-55921-254-0
Barcode: 9781559212540
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 1-55921-254-3

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