Robert Coover, a father of modern American experimental fiction, returns with Stepmother, a masterful reimagining of the fairy-tale tradition. There is magic, there are princes, there are painful castrations. There is also beauty, and true love, of a sort. Illustrated by Michael Kupperman, bound in soft cloth, stamped with precious metals.
Praise for Robert Coover:
"Mr. Coover's work has long occupied a place of honor. He goes at his task with an almost alarming linguistic energy, a Burgessy splatter of vocabulary, and a ferocious love of everything comic and grotesque."
"As his dazzling career continues to demonstrate, Mr. Coover is a one-man Big Bang of exploding creative force."
—Edmund White, The New York Times Book Review
"Robert Coover remains our foremost verbal wizard, our laughter in the dark."
"Robert Coover is a colossal subversive. At seventy-two, Coover is still a brilliant mythmaker, a potty-mouthed Svengali, and an evil technician of metaphors. He is among our languages most important inventors, and it is more crucial than ever to read him."
"Of all the post-modernist writers, Robert Coover is probably the funniest and most malicious, mixing up broad social and political satire with vaudeville turns, lewd pratfalls and clever word plays that make us rethink both the mechanics of the world and our relationship to it."
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Robert Coover's work is sharp, sly, and shockingly funny."