Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Gretel and the Dark, by Eliza Granville

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine to spotlight upcoming book releases that we're excited about.

This week's pick:
Release date: February 6, 2014
Publisher: Penguin UK
Format: Hardcover

Goodreads description:
Gretel and the Dark is Eliza Granville's dazzling novel of darkness, evil - and hope.Vienna, 1899.

Josef Breuer - celebrated psychoanalyst - is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings - to be, in fact, not even human. Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her disturbance.

Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta's Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the 'animal people', so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything changes and the real world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds that her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed . . .

Eliza Granville was born in Worcestershire and currently lives in Bath. She has had a life-long fascination with the enduring quality of fairytales and their symbolism, and the idea for Gretel and the Dark was sparked when she became interested in the emphasis placed on these stories during the Third Reich. Gretel and the Dark is her first novel to be published by a major publisher.

Okay. First of all? The time & setting. LOVE. Also, the relation to early psychoanalysis, and the sheer scope of the story that is hinted at in the description. Fairytales, the war, madness, maybe magic? Count me in! Especially if the book is also published on my 25th birthday ^^


  1. This looks pretty good :) I enjoy retellings, but not too much historicals though. Still sounds good though!

    My WW!

  2. Holy crap this sounds amazing. I wonder if it is getting released in the States? I'll definitely be on the lookout. Great pick!
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  3. Wow this sounds very interesting! Adding to my TBR list!

    Kelly @ Dandelion Dreams

  4. This sounds awesome! I've just put it in my TBR pile. 2014 is still a long, looong way though!

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  5. I don't really think this one is for me but I hope it's good and interesting and that you'd enjoy reading it.
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  6. Ooh this sounds so cool! I love the dark tone of the cover!!

  7. Yeah, I'm digging the connection to early psychoanalysis too!! Ditto for the time and setting :D I agree, it sounds like there could be some magical elements woven into this as well! Sounds brilliant, fantastic pick!