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Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.
Heir to her late mother's legendary beauty, Princess Lissar becomes the victim of her grief-maddened father's desire. Fleeing her home, she seeks solace and solitude in a great forest--and discovers a magic that leads her toward healing and justice. Loosely based on ``Donkeyskin,'' an obscure fairy tale by Charles Perrault, this story of a young woman's survival and recovery is both a classic hero's journey-tale and a parable for modern times. Award-winning YA author McKinley turns her storytelling acumen and stylistic grace toward an adult audience, handling incest and rape with unflinching honesty while at the same time building a case for hope and renewal. A good choice for fantasy collections.
"A fierce and beautiful story of rage and compassion, betrayal and loyalty, damage and love." -Alice Hoffman "An enormously powerful novel...dreamlike, urgent, inexplicable...Robin McKinley has created a world where nightmare and hope exist side by side." -Patricia A. McKillip "Superlative." -Chicago Sun-Times "A wonderful story, wonderfully told." -The San Diego Union-Tribune "I did so much enjoy Robin McKinley's Deerskin...I respect her writing and reread her constantly, finding new perceptions each time." -Anne McCaffrey "Deerskin is a subversive fairytale with an element of myth, but most of all it is a psychological novel of great depth and power, using fantasy in the service of truth." -Locus "Well-chosen details, characterization is superlative." -Booklist "McKinley's writing is amazing, dreamlike, gut-wrenching, and heartwarming...A very uplifting story of triumph and love." -Under the Covers