Grim fairy tales. Without the extra m.
Coover reimagines the story of Sleeping Beauty from the point of view of Beauty and the prince, as well as the witch/fairy who casts the enchantment. There is no salvation for Beauty in Coover’s vision and only the glory of the quest for the prince, for whom even a legendary beauty is not enough. If there is a hero, it’s the witch/fairy, who moves from tormentor to prophet as Beauty’s hundred years of nightmares become realities from which she cannot wake.
A quick read, but no happy ending here.