Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice

By Eugie Foster

Rating: 4 stars

I first encountered Eugie Foster via the Escape Artists podcasts, mostly Podcastle, where I knew that a Foster story was probably one that I was going to enjoy. I was sorry to hear of her death last year and that was one thing that pushed me toward getting this collection, which I’ve finally got around to reading.

It’s a collection of retellings of, or stories inspired by, far-eastern myths, with no other real unifying feature. But the far-eastern link is enough for me, and I enjoyed just about every story in the collection. Stand outs include A Thread of Silk about a woman who vows to kill the man who killed her father; The Tanuki-Kettle, a whimsical fairy tale about a mischievous tanuki spirit who hides in the form of a tea-kettle; and Year of the Fox, telling of a rash promise made in childhood and its consequences.

Foster is a confident storyteller, building great worlds. Her afterwords after each story are a nice way into the author’s mind, telling how each one came about. I’ll definitely be looking out for more of her work.

Book details

ISBN: 9781607620112
Publisher: Eugie Foster
Year of publication: 2009

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