Tender Morsels

Tender Morsels

Book - 2010
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A young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties is magically granted a safe haven apart from the real world and allowed to raise her two daughters in this alternate reality, until the barrier between her world and the real one begins to break down.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2010], c2008
Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780375843051
Branch Call Number: YA PB Lanag 3558ya 1
Characteristics: 436, 20 p. --


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SCL_Justin Jul 20, 2017

Tender Morsels is Margo Lanagan’s fairy tale that doesn’t feel like a fairy tale because of how terribly it begins. [TRIGGER WARNING] Liga is raped by her father in their cottage in the woods repeatedly and the third time he gets her pregnant he’s killed on his way home to give her the abortion weeds. And then after she’s given birth to a daughter she’s raped by a bunch of the town boys.

So yes, dark.

That terrible horrible beginning is so important for the rest of the book though, which is about Liga protecting her daughters and her daughters trying to find their own ways in the world. It’s so good. Each of the women, Liga and her two daughters, have very different ways of dealing with the world and the story of how they do this is deep and affecting. It doesn’t have the same sense of fun with the grimness of the fairy-tale that A Tale Dark and Grimm does, and it’s written for a much older audience.

Jul 28, 2012

This book is terrible. It's reactionary, anti-feminist, confusingly written, and unnecessarily brutal and explicit. It was also about 100 pages too long. This book is not suitable for children- not because of the rapes, but because it portrays a view of human nature that is hopeless and helpless and just plain incorrect.

Aug 20, 2011

It was okay, but suffered from some major flaws. There were multiple first person narrators, which got slightly confusing a couple times. I think it should have ended about halfway through chapter 13 because everything after that just dragged on and didn't feel like it had a point since all of the major conflicts had already been resolved. Also, it shouldn't be marketed for teenagers. I'm not saying that teenagers shouldn't read it (I'm 18 and I could have handled it at 14), it's just that it's not what one would expect from a YA novel. Notice how reviews say that it's very dark and graphic? Well, it's only dark and graphic compared to other YA novels. As far as writing and level of thought is concerned, it's very YA, but the subject matter is not. I think it's only marketed for teenagers because it's too simplistic to fly with an adult audience (I really don't understand why it won the world fantasy award).

Aug 16, 2011

Let's just say I finished it. I found the book was hard to get into and when I did I found it to be rather disturbing.

It took me more that a handfuls of sittings to complete and I doubt that I would read it again.

Apr 04, 2011

i thought this book was pretty horrible and that the author must be genius in a terrible dark and twisted way- worth exploring if u are curious about strange things, not exactly light reading

xMOTOx Nov 18, 2009

An intricately woven story of the cruelties encountered in life and the courage that is found in unexpected places. This book is not for the faint of heart. A story that will stay with you long after you have finished the book.

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Aug 16, 2011

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