Zel

You may know the story of Rapunzel by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. In 1996, Donna Jo Napoli reworked the fairy tale and added some very important details: why the witch wanted the baby and why she locked the girl up in a tower.

Zela novel for teens and older, shows the relationship between a mother and a daughter, isolated from the world and the caring love between a man and a woman who wants zelfreedom above all. Zel is told in three perspectives, a plural narrative of Zel, Konrad (the nobleman) and Mother (the witch). Be prepared to empathize with Mother and understand the choice she made while paying attention to the way Zel refutes this in the end and forgives.

Stick with this one. It begins almost as if it’s a historical romance, then the momentum picks up, the story shows us its roots and the characters become fully realized.

 

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