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Medusa's Ankles

Medusa's Ankles

Roxanne says: The Djinn in the Nightengale's Eyes inspired a recent major motion picture with a premise that's deliciously fun.  Gillian Perholt, a middle aged author, is gifted a genie who grants her three wishes.  Her choices are marvelous, and reading the story was like entering a fantastical world, all while grounded in Perholt’s real world intellectual lifestyle.  The title story, Medusa's Ankles, is a love-hate fantasy any female ever has had about a beauty salon.   

A ravishing, luminous selection of short stories from the prize-winning imagination of A. S. Byatt, a storyteller who could keep a sultan on the edge of his throne for a thousand and one nights (The New York Times Book Review). With an introduction by David Mitchell, best-selling author of Cloud Atlas

Includes the story "The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye"--the basis for the George Miller film Three Thousand Years of Longing starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton

Mirrors shatter at the hairdresser's when a middle-aged client explodes in rage. Snow dusts the warm body of a princess, honing it into something sharp and frosted. Summer sunshine flickers on the face of a smiling child who may or may not be real.

Medusa's Ankles celebrates the very best of A. S. Byatt's short fiction, carefully selected from a lifetime of writing. Peopled by artists, poets, and fabulous creatures, the stories blaze with creativity and color. From ancient myth to a British candy factory, from a Chinese restaurant to a Mediterranean swimming pool, from a Turkish bazaar to a fairy-tale palace, Byatt transports her readers beyond the veneer of the ordinary--even beyond the gloss of the fantastical--to places rich and strange and wholly unforgettable.

Publication Date: 
September 6, 2022