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If I Told You Once

by Judy Budnitz

This unusual East meets West family saga presents motherhood as both a blessing and a curse. Right the way through to the end, I was trying to figure out what was real and what was perceived or imagined. Ultimately, it's a dark and intriguing novel, rich in both language and detail. Would appeal to someone who enjoys either fantasy or contemporary fiction or alternatively to a reader of traditional family stoires who is looking for a change.

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I had never been outside my village, but I knew there were places that were different. I had glimpsed them in the egg, and in the words of the bandit in the woods .... I saw him lying in the snow, sunk deep as if in a feather mattress, his throat necklaced with blood and the mark of wolf's teeth.

After I had found him so, I went home and burned my wolf hood .... My mother watched but said nothing.

I would never have to feel her eyes again.

Parallels

The Virago Book of Fairy Tales by Angela Carter (ed)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Whore's Child by Richard Russo
 

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