PICTURES OF THE NIGHT by Adèle Geras

PICTURES OF THE NIGHT

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Last in a trilogy about British schoolgirls whose lives parallel fairy tales, this not only depicts Bella's (Snow White's) rivalry with stepmother Marjorie but rounds out the stories of Megan (Rapunzel) and Alice (Sleeping Beauty). It's their hairdresser who fires Marjorie's insane jealousy by commenting on Bella's beauty. Bella, who sings, escapes to live with a band of seven musicians; Marjorie, disguised, tries to poison her (in their London digs and in Paris, where they go to perform) in ways that marvelously mimic Grimm's tale. Meanwhile, Bella has an affair with one of the musicians and falls in love at first sight with an American medical student who's providentially present on the third occasion Marjorie tries to do her in, with Calvados (apple brandy). Though the intriguing correspondences still dominate here, the characters' lives are also developed with some skill--Bella's disastrous relationship with Marjorie, the musicians' mÇnage, and the girls' different attitudes toward going to university are all believably detailed. Another solid performance from a writer distinguished for her imaginative power and fresh, vivid writing. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-15-261588-1
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1993




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