December 1, 2016 by Zoë
East by Edith Pattou
Rose has always been different.
Since the day she was born, it was clear she had a special fate. Her superstitious mother keeps the unusual circumstances of Rose’s birth a secret, hoping to prevent her adventurous daughter from leaving home… but she can’t suppress Rose’s true nature forever.
So when an enormous white bear shows up one cold autumn evening and asks teenage Rose to come away with it– in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family– she readily agrees.
Rose travels on the bear’s broad back to a distant and empty castle, where she is nightly joined by a mysterious stranger. In discovering his identity, she loses her heart– and finds her purpose– and realizes her journey has only just begun.
“East of the Sun, West of the Moon” is one of my favorite fairy tales. I just really like the Psyche archetype, what can I say? This book fleshes the fairy tale out really well, giving the characters backstories that made me more invested in the story. This is one of my favorite fairy tale re-tellings ever. It’s lovely and had me trying to draw compass roses in the margins of my notebooks for years.