The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke

February 2009

I really enjoyed Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, so I was delighted when Susanna Clarke brought out this book of short stories along similar lines, some of which even feature characters from the novel. I’m not typically a short story type of person, but I found this book absolutely delightful. Clarke’s wonderfully understated wit made me chuckle out loud in several places, and I love how she portrays fairies as the dangerous and self-interested—if not downright malicious—beings that they originally were, not the twee winged things the Victorians turned them into. Very, very fun to read.

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