Tangleweed and Brine

Deirdre Sullivan (Author) Karen Vaughan (Illustrator)

Product Details

$19.95  $18.35
Little Island Books
Publish Date
November 01, 2019
5.9 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Deirdre Sullivan is the winner of the YA Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2017 and the Irish Times YA Book of the Year 2017. Her book Primperfect was shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature. Karen Vaughan is a designer and illustrator. This is her first book, which won the YA Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2017 and was shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Most Beautiful Book Awards 2017.


"This absolutely beautifully collection of retold fairy tales is as wonderful to read as it is to look at. Featuring lovely, feminist angles on your favourite fairy tales and beautiful full spread illustrations, it deserves a space on your shelf stat." --Buzzfeed
"Deirdre Sullivan's terse and stark renditions of fairy tales in Tangleweed and Brine challenge us to rethink what the destinies of young women were in traditional fairy tales, and she spells out what they might really be in other times and settings. Sullivan's original stories are riveting and offer readers unusual perspectives on how to read fairy tales in times of conflict." --Jack Zipes, author, The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Social and Cultural History of a Genre
"Sullivan muddies the black-and-white narratives, not only with murky endings, but with dark, dangerous, imperfect and even unhinged heroines. In doing so, she makes her fairy tales richer and more fertile, but also more adult . . . Her language is heavily perfumed with meaning . . . with its beautiful pen-and-ink illustrations reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley's for Oscar Wilde's fairy tales, it would make a great gift for a teenager." --Times Literary Supplement
"This remarkable book is a significant and timely contribution to Irish young-adult literature and feminist literature for young people. Deirdre Sullivan's simultaneously rich, delicate and stark text is powerfully enhanced by Karen Vaughan's haunting black and white illustrations. Combining the timeless allure of dark fantasy with subversive explorations of female embodiment and systems of women's suffering and triumphs, this incisive, exquisite collection promises an enthralling and unsettling experience." --Judges at the Children's Books Ireland Awards
"A compelling collection of fairytales retold in the rugged and earthy Angela Carter mode, with Karen Vaughan's illustrations making it a classy gift edition. These bright girls don't bother going to balls, and play a long game of challenging their archetypes." --Guardian
"Deirdre Sullivan's writing is beguiling, bewitching and poetic. Her prose is almost dreamlike, reminiscent of Angela Carter." --Juno Dawson, author, The Gender Games
"While remaining true to the bloody and gothic eeriness of the originals, Sullivan places the suffering and triumphs of women front and centre. In the face of domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and traumatic pregnancy, Sullivan's heroines are often their own saviours, taking comfort in the wisdom and love of maternal ancestors . . . All of Sullivan's female characters are complex and vital, and all have the capacity for love, goodness and, most engagingly, violence. Tangleweed & Brine is a stunning book in every way. Dark, deep and thoughtful, it is a collection to be visited again and again." - TN2 Magazine
"Witchy, eerie and beautiful. These thirteen fairytale retellings already feel like feminist classics." --Claire Hennessy, author, Like Other Girls
"Dark, intimate and poetic, these stunning feminist fairy tales give voice to the witches and the wicked queens and twist the familiar into something salty and seductive, offering a collection of stories you'll feel like you know in your bones." --Moira Fowley-Doyle, author, Spellbook of the Lost and Found
"Sullivan's prose is delicate and masterful, but there's a belligerence to it as well--these stories demand that we go as deeply with our reading as she has in her writing--that we listen to the women at the heart of these stories, that we see the shadows beneath the trees." --Dave Rudden, author, Knights of the Borrowed Dark