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Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon
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Mar 14, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: sci-fi-or-fantasy, general-fiction
Recommended for: grown-ups who still enjoy their fairy tales
Read in March, 2009 , read count: 1

What if Cinderella's fairy godmother didn't do her job quite right? And her "punishment" meant years of living as a human in New York City? Then she has an opportunity to possibly right the old wrong...

That's the core of this strange but intriguing tale that weaves a familiar fairy tale with a modern story, crosses some unusual boundaries...and delivers an eye-brow raising twist at the end. The story unfolds in a fascinating, first-person narrative of a lost soul (as fairies might have souls), looking for hope, redemption, and home. It wasn't always the easiest read--had to keep track of being in the fairy story or the modern tale--and it's very sensory (touch, sound, smell, taste)and evocative, so I probably took it more slowly than I often would.

Let's say, this isn't Disney's version of Cinderella! In fact, the godmother has a bit of a giggle at that version; however there were times when it reminded me of "Enchanted" (without the over-the-top comedy) and elements of "You've Got Mail" (ok, the NY bookshop thing) but it's a quirky, sweet, sad, and truly unique story that was worth the impulse to read!

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