Some weeks I’m itching for a good mystery. Others I’m craving an emotional roller coaster. Or fantasy. Or historical fiction. Or goodness knows what. It might be brand new or something ancient or anywhere in between. In any case, it’s nice to share, so …
What’s Your Read?
Fairy tales end. But what if they didn’t? What if we saw what the “ever after” actually was? What if we stuck around for the fallout? What if we saw the protagonist for what he/she really was aside from his/her unfortunate circumstances? What if we took a look beyond the skin-deep portrait of a villain?
A Wild Swan is about as safe as the animal it’s named for. From a distance, powerfully regal, but up close, the imperfections are visible, the underbelly undeniable, the creature’s instinct potentially menacing. Michael Cunningham takes the fairy tales of childhood a rocky, desperate, and uncensored step further. This book isn’t clean. It isn’t gentle. But even with the magic and the mirrors, it’s real. An explicit call to the worst in us that paradoxically summons a humane response to the broken figures dropped in the wake of happily ever after.