Tender Morsels

Tender Morsels

Book - 2008
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Tender Morsels is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them. Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, a world given to her in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters grow up in this soft place, protected from the violence that once harmed their mother. But the real world cannot be denied forever--magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga's refuge. Now, having known Heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?


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Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, ©2008.
ISBN: 9780375843051
0375843051
Branch Call Number: YA LAN
Characteristics: 436, 20 pages ; 21 cm

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Sgordano Apr 23, 2019

A well-written fantasy novel, albeit somewhat disturbing in sections.

Having suffered horrible tragedies and abuses in her life, young mother of two Liga is stopped from killing herself by a supernatural being who grants her the power to escape to her personal heaven. Liga lives there in piece with her daughters Branza and Urdda other than disturbances brought about by an inexperienced witch who is trying to make money with an altogether shady short man. When Urdda is able to slip back into the real world, a decade goes by with no sign of her until the two worlds are suddenly reunited by a skilled witch (only a few years having passed in the real world but several decades in Liga's realm) Liga and both her children are forced to handle some harsh (and less harsh) realities.

Yes, there are some very dark and disturbing happenings in this book. Right from the start we have Liga being molested and raped by her own father. You couldn't possibly think the book was suddenly going to become optimistic from there. Liga suffers horribly in the novel and yes, in the end, Urdda compensates for at least one of these misgivings pretty much as horribly as possible. It's a dark world with dark happenings, but well written and easy to get absorbed into.

SCL_Justin Jul 20, 2017

Tender Morsels is Margo Lanagan’s fairy tale that doesn’t feel like a fairy tale because of how terribly it begins. [TRIGGER WARNING] Liga is raped by her father in their cottage in the woods repeatedly and the third time he gets her pregnant he’s killed on his way home to give her the abortion weeds. And then after she’s given birth to a daughter she’s raped by a bunch of the town boys.

So yes, dark.

That terrible horrible beginning is so important for the rest of the book though, which is about Liga protecting her daughters and her daughters trying to find their own ways in the world. It’s so good. Each of the women, Liga and her two daughters, have very different ways of dealing with the world and the story of how they do this is deep and affecting. It doesn’t have the same sense of fun with the grimness of the fairy-tale that A Tale Dark and Grimm does, and it’s written for a much older audience.

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rixonkarla
Jul 28, 2012

This book is terrible. It's reactionary, anti-feminist, confusingly written, and unnecessarily brutal and explicit. It was also about 100 pages too long. This book is not suitable for children- not because of the rapes, but because it portrays a view of human nature that is hopeless and helpless and just plain incorrect.

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DontBlink
Aug 16, 2011

Let's just say I finished it. I found the book was hard to get into and when I did I found it to be rather disturbing.

It took me more that a handfuls of sittings to complete and I doubt that I would read it again.

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bookchick
Apr 04, 2011

i thought this book was pretty horrible and that the author must be genius in a terrible dark and twisted way- worth exploring if u are curious about strange things, not exactly light reading

xMOTOx Nov 18, 2009

An intricately woven story of the cruelties encountered in life and the courage that is found in unexpected places. This book is not for the faint of heart. A story that will stay with you long after you have finished the book.

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DontBlink
Aug 16, 2011

DontBlink thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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