I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way. I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.
"She ought to know that where there's a queen there's often a plot to overthrow her."
This book threw me for a loop. I thought I would be reading a Snow White re-telling set in the 1950's-60's; instead, I felt that this was really an examination of racial relations, family and gender with some elements and themes of the fairy tale artfully woven in.
Boy Novack, who is a girl, grew up with an abusive father and an absent mother. When she finally escapes her father, Boy finds herself in the small town of Flax Hills, Massachusetts, a town where outsiders aren't exactly welcome. Boy finds a room at a boardinghouse and supports herself through a series of odd jobs. A local, Arturo Whitman finds himself enamored with Boy and they get married. Arturo has a daughter, Snow, from a previous marriage. Snow is a beautiful and perfect little girl, but Boy sees something off in her. When Boy has a child of her own, Bird, the baby's skin color reveals a secret that the Whitman's had been very careful to hide throughout the years.