Kissing the Witch

Old Tales in New Skins

Paperback, 240 pages

English language

Published April 30, 1999 by HarperTeen.

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A collection of thirteen interconnected stories that give old fairy tales a new twist.

Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances--sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed.Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one's own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor …

6 editions


  • Girls & Women
  • Fairy tales
  • Fiction
  • Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
  • Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)
  • Juvenile Fiction / Girls & Women
  • Reading Group Guide
  • Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
  • Fairy tales, English