Title: Six - Gun Snow White
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Almost everyone that reads should know that when walking through the library you always find that one odd book that sticks out to you, well this one was mine. An old West take on the fairy tale Snow White!
The fist chapter of the book is just you getting the story from an older woman about a man named Mr. H. You see Mr.H never really believed in love at first sight until he met Gun That Sings who would later become Snow White's birth mother. Gun That Sings was a Native American woman who Mr.H just happened to see while he was in town one day. He fell so hard in love with her that he went searching for her through out town. Gun That Sings didn't live in town you see she lived in a Native American village with her family. Mr. H was pointed to the village in which he quickly rode off to in the hopes of getting Gun That Sings to marry him. Mr.H is very rich and made sure to buy Gun That Sings many gifts in the hopes of buying her hand in marriage.
The gifts didn't take at first it took many tries before Gun That Sings family told her to go with him. Gun That Sings wasn't happy with Mr.H and with his trying to make her "respectable" she felt that he was trying to make her something she wasn't and for that she never really loved him. The only good thing to come from the marriage was the birth of Snow White which inevitably killed Gun That Sings.
From the looks of it Mr.H did in fact love his daughter and lavished her in riches and gifts. Then some years later Mr.H found another wife one of whom Snow was told to stay away from because of her mixed race she fight scare off the new wives family from the home. Snow was fine with that because she had ways of seeing what was going on in places she was told not to be. Which is how she found the mirror...
Thoughts: I loved this book I just wished the ending could have been a happier one. I especially love the seven out laws in the place of the dwarfs. There was also a "deer boy" half deer half man in the story that I wish could have had a bigger part. For such a short book thought it was AWESOME!
" I am freedom and I will eat your heart."
" One thing I have learned about running away is that once you start there is no end to it."
Apache Folktale in the front of the book:
" Coyote had a plan which he knew he could carry out because of his great power. He took his heart and cut it in half. He put one half right at the tip of his nose and that other half at the end of his tail."