Published by Open Road Media on September 1st, 1994
Number of Pages: 318
Genres: Contemporary, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
Rose Samson, a frustrated Seattle social worker, dons a crystal pendant from her friend Linden's vintage clothing shop and makes a wish--for a fairy godmother for "the whole damned city." Enter Felicity Fortune, a silver-haired, funkily dressed fill-in for the suddenly absent Linden, and a card-carrying member of "Godmother's (Anonymous): Fair Fates Facilitated, Questers Accommodated, and Virtue Vindicated. True Love and Serendipity our Specialty."
Felicity's magic net falls far and wide over Seattle, reining in a cast of characters that make up a modern-day volume of the Brothers Grimm. There's Sno, the runaway teenage daughter of a rock super-star, whose aging supermodel stepmom has plans for her "fairest of them all" stepdaughter; seven-year-old Hank and his little sister, Gigi, dumped in a shopping mall by their drug-addict mother; Cindy Ellis, a stable keeper with two abusive stepsisters...and more.
With appearances from Snow White, Hansel and Gretal, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and other familiar characters, I expected something more. But the reality is this is not a light read, not a fairy story, and certainly not for children or younger teens. Each person you meet in the book has problems, yes they tend to parallel the stories they’re from, but they’re also darker. Hansel and Gretal for instance. Their mother leaves them in a shopping mall, twice! The first time a kindly police officer manages to reunite them with their mother. The second time? A pedophile takes them home with him.
I usually love this author, and honestly the book is well-written. It just isn’t something I will be re-reading, and most likely would not have purchased had I realized what I was getting into.