In this collection of short stories, Angela Carter takes a feminist, supernatural, slightly creepy slant on several different classic fairy- and folktales, including "Little Red Riding Hood", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Puss in Boots".
Enne Salta is a proper young lady, and nothing would make her even consider stepping foot in New Reynes. Except, perhaps, to search for her mother. Enne's search leads her not only to the City of Sin, but right into the company of street lord and con man Levi Glaisyer.
This book was beautiful, and I feel like a picture of the front cover should be included in the dictionary next to the entry for "bittersweet". This story looks not only at the Iranian diaspora and the experiences of refugees, but also at what happens to those who are left behind - or who choose to stay behind.