KWH Pick of the Week: “The Girl, the Wolf, the Crone” by Kellie Wells, Chosen by Shannon Robinson

Posted on December 17, 2012


Knox Writers’ House Contributor’s Pick of the Week 12/17/2012

The Girl, the Wolf, the Crone by Kellie Wells in Tuscaloosa, AL

Chosen by Shannon Robinson in Princeton, NJ who says:

Creepy, lyrical, surreal, and wry, this is a wonderful retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood”—or rather, as Kellie Wells tells us on her website, it’s a retelling of “The Story of Grandmother,” a source story that predates Grimm and Perrault. I’m a fan of fairy tales, because I love their dream logic, their craziness, their barbarity and innocence, their frequently macabre yet strangely satisfying conclusions. Kellie’s story has all these elements. The story begins, “More than once, there was a soon-to-be old woman …” It’s not so much a spoof of the genre as an acknowledgement of its eternally replicating variations of archetypes. Throughout the story, Kellie’s figurative language is mesmerizing, the images delightful with quirky aptness.
I particularly enjoy hearing Kellie’s voice: I had creative writing workshop with her at WashU in St. Louis, and I can really hear her warmth coming through in this recording. Owing to fairy tales’ origins in oral tradition, it feels fitting to hear this story, rather than read it. Enjoy!

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