We all know at least one of the classic fairy tales. Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, and others, both just as well known and less well known, such as the tale of Bluebeard. Stories that all take place once upon a time, in a faraway land. "In a time when wishes came true" as I believe the stories were originally published as starting.
What if these stories took place today, in a time considered without magic, and when wishes do little to impact our lives. That is what we find within The witch : and other tales retold. Thompson has masterfully recreated familiar fables into dark tales of the modern world. I highly recommend her re-imaginings.
Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy through Penguin First to Read; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.