October 27, 2021

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne Valente

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne ValenteComfort Me With Apples by Catherynne Valente
Published by Tordotcom on October 26, 2021
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 112
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Comfort Me With Apples

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne Valente is a fantastical dark, fairytale.

Sophie lives in a perfect gated community in a gorgeous yet oddly scaled, for her, house, with a husband who’s often gone, working hard at his unnamed job.

Sophie’s neighbors seem to be trying to tell her something. And how did a sliver of bone end up in her knife block? Why is she forbidden from going into the cellar?

My thoughts about Comfort Me With Apples

The writing in this novella is magical. I was drawn in by the questions and puzzles of Sophie’s life but it’s the writing that enchanted me.

Novellas have such a short amount of words to convey a story that ofttimes they’re more mood pieces but this definitely has a story to tell. Questions to ask. Declarations to make.

In conclusion

If you’re looking for an epic quest, this isn’t for you. But if you love being enchanted darkly, seduced by words, made to question, then this is most definitely for you. Let that gorgeous cover beguile you into reading Comfort Me With Apples.

For fans of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

My thanks to NetGalley and TorDotCom for the ARC.

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About Catherynne Valente

Catherynne M. Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. She then drifted away from her M.A. program and into a long residence in the concrete and camphor wilds of Japan.

She currently lives in Maine with her partner, two dogs, and three cats, having drifted back to America and the mythic frontier of the Midwest.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • GoodReads
  • NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021
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