Danielle Wood’s new book, Mothers Grimm has been released at last! I’ve been hanging out for this one.
Danielle Wood lives in Tasmania and teaches writing at the University of Tasmania. Her previous books include The Alphabet of Light and Dark (2003), a collection of short stories with a fairy tale flavour, Rosie Little’s Cautionary Tales for Girls (2006), and a work of non-fiction, Housewife Superstar: The Very Best of Marjorie Bligh (2011).
Wood has already received accolades for her writing – she’s won the Australian/Vogel literary prize (2002), the Dobbie prize for Australian women’s writing (2004), and she has twice been named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year (2004, 2007).
So, as you can imagine, I’ve been hanging out for Mothers Grimm, a collection of four contemporary fairy tales about the dark side of motherhood.
I was lucky enough to hear Wood speak at the inaugural conference for the Australian Fairy Tale Society in June this year where she read one of the stories from the collection, “The Good Mother.” This story about a new mother struggling to live up to the perfect maternal ideal had the whole audience captivated, and I know the other stories will be just as wonderful.
If you’re a lover of fairy tales, or a mother, and especially a mother who loves fairy tales, put this one at the top of your reading list!