Monday, February 23, 2009


Author: Donna Jo Napoli

First line: Late afternoon heat strokes the young man's belly.

Why you should read this book: Love! Betrayal! Insanity! Textiles! An affair gone wrong transforms an optimistic tailor into the twisted, obsessive Rumpelstiltskin, condemned to watch from afar the daughter only he knows is his. When the girl grows up to be a talented spinster and is exploited by the drunken miller and then the king, Rumpelstiltskin lurches into action, intent on claiming the love he lost long ago.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You feel that people who have premarital sex deserve to die in childbirth or turn into angry, outcast dwarfs.

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