all the ever afters by danielle teller
William Morrow, Release Date: May 22, 2018
4 / 5 Stars | Review by Ink
As a child we're told fairytales of wicked stepmothers and ugly stepsisters. However, did you ever wonder about their backstory? Where they as horrible as the stories led you to believe, or did they suffer some trauma of their own. Teller explores the backstory of Cinderella's stepmother in All The Ever Afters.
In a story that turns the classic fairytale on its head, All the Ever Afters changes everything we thought we knew about Cinderella. The original story is presented as nothing more than grievous lies of the stepmother and the stepsisters as told around the court. What’s more impressive than the novel new take, is that Teller’s stepmother is quite a sympathetic character, engaging and fully fleshed, as are those pesky stepsisters.
Perhaps the main criticism of this story could be the interjections of diary entries from the past. While not taking away from the story, they are somewhat intrusive and jarring, although their purpose is revealed quite deftly by Teller at the end.
This alternate fairytale's moral lesson? Gossip is no good for anyone.
Thank you to William Morrow for an advance review copy.