break your glass slippers (you are your own fairy tale)

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Amanda Lovelace continues her legacy of thoughtful feminist, poetry turning tropes on their head. In this book, she takes on the “Cinderella” fairytale. The narrative is told in a series of poems that start with a pair of glass slippers given to the daughter by her father. But this isn’t the Cinderella story you know from childhood. This story is modernized and attempts to expose the systemic reality modern women face: silently teaching girls to stay quiet, pleasant, and pleasing to others. The Cinderella in Lovelace’s story goes on a long, difficult, journey until she finally finds herself in a place of power, self-love, confidence, and fulfillment.

One of the most powerful lessons in the book comes from the voice of the “fairy godmother” when she says, “there is nothing in this world like the relief of/knowing that you owe answers to nobody &/nobody owes answers to you in return.”

This book is a powerful journey and a very empowering read for women. Even if you don’t think you’re a poetry lover, this accessible and emotional volume may make a convert out of you. It will definitely provide a lot of food for thought and encourage you to start, or continue, your own unique journey of self-love.


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Author Amanda Lovelace
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 160 pages
Publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publish Date 2020-03-17
ISBN 9781524851897
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Issue April 2020
Category Poetry & Short Stories
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