Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread: Poems by Ava Leavell Haymon
  • Author: Ava Leavell Haymon
  • Title: Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread: Poems
  • Size PDF ver: 1600 kb
  • Size ePUB ver: 1530 kb
  • Available formats: FB2, EPUB, DJVU
  • Category: Literature & Fiction
  • Rating: 4.6 of 5
  • ISBN: 0807135852
  • Publisher: LSU Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Subcat: Poetry
Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread: Poems

In Ava Leavell Haymon's third collection, an unremarkable, harried, contemporary woman named Gretel finds herself at midlife overtaken by the Grimms' household tale "Hansel and Gretel." The violence and terror in that story supplant the memory of her own childhood, and the fairy tale retells itself in a sharp succession of surprising poems. The witch, the sugar house, Gretel's brother, her passive father, his cruel second wife, the sinister forest -- all these and more rise like jazz motifs to play themselves in the present. Addressing themes such as hunger, child abuse, betrayal, cannibalism, and murder in a tone by turns disturbing and humorous, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread is most certainly not a book for children.





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