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Pump Six and Other Stories
Paolo Bacigalupi

There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby

There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby - Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Keith Gessen, Anna Summers A collection of rather bleak, rather morbid fairy tales from a rather famous Russian author. I rather adored it. They read like fairy tales, very oral and sparse on detail, except when the details are important. They felt like stories that could be told around a very depressing campfire.

Even with all the bleakness (and there really is no better word for them than bleak - sort of that lonely, naked tree in the middle of a muddy, slush-filled field), there is that spark of hope, that little something that keeps them from being unbearable. I don't know how the author maintains that balance, but it's a fabulous one.