This one was a goody! Danielle Wood’s Mothers Grimm is an inventively clever take on four fairytales by the Brothers Grimm: Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and The Goose Girl. Do not pick up the book and expect a retelling of the tales. Instead, each story echoes the premise of the original tale. They challenge our perception of what it is to be a ‘bad mother’. Could it ever be understandable that you would give up your child for leafy greens, leave them in the woods, shut her away, attempt to mould her life? They are an exploration of the real life world of modern mothering -expectations versus reality, financial pressures, adolescent rebellion.
I am hesitant to say anything further because I wouldn’t wish to spoil how each story unfolds. After reading them, you may reconsider the old fairytales and wonder who were the ‘good mothers’ and were the ‘bad mothers’ really so evil? And where do we fit on the ‘good mother/bad mother spectrum’?
Have your read this book? Did you enjoy it too?