Why this book?
This is a beautifully rich retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I love the heaviness of the language that mirrors the Russian folklore our main character, Ivan, is studying. Memories take him home to the Carpathian Forest where he finds a beautiful woman sleeping on a pedestal and guarded by a bear. We cross a thousand years of time to experience Katarina’s world, then flee to the modern (1990’s) world so she can see Ivan’s lifestyle as they hide from the witch who wants them dead. It’s a brilliant way to build a relationship between these two characters who are so different but are forced into marriage. OSC has much to say on relationships and trials. He takes his time weaving a beautiful and complex world to accompany the story.