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Hawley Public Library BAR (Text) 33500013761960 New Checked out 04/13/2023
Mahnomen Public Library BAR (Text) 33500013761978 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250850973
  • ISBN: 1250850975
  • Physical Description: 120 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Tor Publishing Group, TorDotCom, 2023.

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"Tom Doherty Associates"--Title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
"Award-winning author Kelly Barnhill brings her singular talents to The Crane Husband, a raw, powerful story of love, sacrifice, and family. "Mothers fly away like migrating birds. This is why farmers have daughters." A fifteen-year-old teenager is the backbone of her small Midwestern family, budgeting the household finances and raising her younger brother while her mother, a talented artist, weaves beautiful tapestries. For six years, it's been just the three of them--her mother has brought home guests at times, but none have ever stayed. Yet when her mother brings home a six-foot tall crane with a menacing air, the girl is powerless to prevent her mom letting the intruder into her heart, and her children's lives. Utterly enchanted and numb to his sharp edges, her mother abandons the world around her to weave the masterpiece the crane demands. In this stunning contemporary retelling of "The Crane Wife" by the Newbery Award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon, one fiercely pragmatic teen forced to grow up faster than was fair will do whatever it takes to protect her family--and change the story"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2023 January #1
    *Starred Review* In this chilling novella, a young teen girl fights to keep her family afloat. Her mother is an eclectic artist, making wondrous tapestries and mediocre artisan cheese on a farm that was productive in the days before the corporations and their buyouts and drones arrived. The mother's art is good, but ever since the the father died, the practicalities have fallen to the wayside. That's where Bruce, the teenage daughter disguised behind a formal voice and a too-adult sensibility, comes in. Bruce balances the books, makes the sales, pays the bills, and gets her brother to school. But the entire balance is threatened when her mother brings home a man-sized crane—and begins to grow distant, haunted, and thin. This dark novella is woven from threads of classic fairy tales of crane wives and men who turn into beasts, braided with the bleak sensibility of the midwestern gothic and the compelling determination of a young girl who needs to protect her little brother. It is a fast-moving, lush story that refuses to end neatly, a story of flighty mothers and the daughters who die a little keeping their families alive. Fans of fairy-tale retellings will eat this one up. Copyright 2023 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Kelly Barnhill is the author of the adult novel When Women Were Dragons and several middle grade novels, including the New York Times bestselling novels The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the 2017 John Newbery Medal, and The Ogress and the Orphans. She is also the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, and has been a finalist for the SFWA Andre Norton Nebula Award and the PEN America Literary Award. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.

Subject: Women artists > Fiction.
Teenagers > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Mother and child > Fiction.
Cranes (Birds) > Fiction.
Abused women > Fiction.
Abusive men > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Horror fiction.
Magic realist fiction.

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