#FridayReads: Six Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente


July 12, 2013 by Heidi

Okay, so I’m admitedly cheating a bit because this was my #FridayReads last week, but I didn’t actually get into it until too late at night to post, so I thought I’d save it for this week.  This is my first #FridayReads video, but feel free to follow me on YouTube for more vloggy goodness.  Today I’m sharing Six Gun Snow White by Cat Valente, a western retelling of Snow White.

While the book was printed in limited edition (only 1000 copies), it is avialable as an e-book, and I highly recommend you check it out!


Six Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

Six Gun Snow White
by Catherynne M. Valente

February 28th, 2013
Subterranean Press
Hardcover | 168 pages

From New York Times bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente comes a brilliant reinvention of one the best known fairy tales of all time. In the novella Six-Gun Snow White, Valente transports the title’s heroine to a masterfully evoked Old West where Coyote is just as likely to be found as the seven dwarves.

A plain-spoken, appealing narrator relates the history of her parents—a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. With her mother’s death in childbirth, so begins a heroine’s tale equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, readers will be enchanted by this story at once familiar and entirely new.


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  1. I recently read The Girl Who Circumnavigated… and really enjoyed it, so I’m definitely interested in reading more by Valente. You have a lovely reading voice too, so this was a great vlog! :) As per my Friday reads, I’m hoping to finish up Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan and start a Liza Palmer novel. I seem to be on a bit of a chick-lit kick and I know Angie and Sarah love this author, so I can’t wait to try her out! :)

  2. Bonnie says:

    I really loved her Fairytale stories and have been eager to pick up something else of hers… this sounds SO GOOD. I had no idea it was printed in such limited quantities though! Good thing it’s cheap on Kindle though I’m definitely going to have to pick this one up soon. :)

  3. I just read The Girl Who CIrcumnavigated Fairyland and now I want to read all of Cat Valente’s books. I may have to get this for my Kindle!

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