Reveal both the serendipity and treachery of contemporary life ... The essays evoke the intimacy of direct address and confession ... Mark, too, repeatedly asks questions, a device that grows thin over time. But fairy tales are inherently repetitious, and her questions and circular language...echo their stylistic rhythms ... Mark finds that instead of distorting reality, fairy tales bring the absurdity of life into greater focus with grace, humor and gravity. Her essays reveal the lessons they teach us well into adulthood.
verall, there is more observation and analysis than storytelling, and each essay does sort of the same thing. If you wolf it down, the gambit becomes repetitive. Sprinkle these clever essays like breadcrumbs through the forest of your days.