A fairy tale retelling steeped in the history of 17th Century France and Renaissance Venice, where the tale of Rapunzel first began. How utterly beautiful. No wonder Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens was the winner of the American Library Association (ALA) Award for Best Historical Novel.
I just finished reading Bitter Greens and I absolutely adored it. It is a tightly woven historical fiction with delightful moments of magic realism. The voices of the female storytellers were masterfully created. It was fascinating to watch them grow and develop.
Kate Forsyth’s grounding of the story with deeply researched historical figures enriches the prose: from the earliest authors of the fairy tale, Charlotte-Rose de la Force and Giambattista Basile, to the artist Titian and his red-haired muse. I loved finding out about the inspiration for the novel and the true stories behind the fiction as much as I loved the novel itself.
Please check out Kate Forsyth’s website for more works by her. She blogs and tweets extensively about her writing process and her personal reading list. This interview on Elisabeth Storrs blog also offers a lot more fascinating insight into the novel.
You can buy Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth here.
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