“A timely fairy tale about the sorcery of disbelief . . . As in many contemporary fairy tales, here the author uses fantasy to pull back the veil surrounding the machinations of those who wield power. Ray Bradbury, for example, described his oeuvre as ‘fairy tales about the modern world.’ It’s in this vein that Elven is writing. She examines the political function of retellings, of rumor.”—Bella Bravo, Social Text
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