Waking Beauty (Fairy Tale Revolution)

Regular price $ 19.95

by Rebecca Solnit

Haymarket Books

11/15/2022, hardcover

SKU: 9781642598339


Expanding, transforming, and subverting the magical tale of Sleeping Beauty, Rebecca Solnit revitalizes this classic story with a new perspective: Maya, the sister who stayed awake.

Waking Beauty tells of Maya's great adventures, the inspiring, extraordinary artist and changemaker who "found [beauty] everywhere and gave it to everyone"; Atlas, who guarded the golden apples and was definitely not a prince; and Ida, who slept for a century and woke up in a very different world. The perfect follow-up to Cinderella Liberator, Solnit seamlessly weaves these compelling narratives, crafting a story that is as delightful and enchanting as it is empowering.

Be sure to check out the other books in the Fairy Tale Revolution series by Haymarket Books.


"Playful and inventive in its handling of gender roles, this fairy tale mashup is surprising and delightful, inverting expectations. A retold fairy tale wrapped in a fantasy cloak, Waking Beauty satisfies and charms with its reinvented gender roles and inventive magic."
-- Foreword Reviews

About the Contributors:

Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books, including Recollections of My NonexistenceWhose Story is This? A Field Guide to Getting Lost, The Faraway Nearby, A Paradise Built in Hell, Hope in the Dark, The Mother of All Questions, Call Them by Their Names, River of Shadows, and Wanderlust. She is also the author of Men Explain Things to Me and many essays on feminism, activism and social change, hope, and the climate crisis. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a regular contributor to The Guardian and other publications.

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was a prominent British illustrator of many classic children's books from The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm to Sleeping Beauty. His watercolor silhouettes were featured in the original edition of Cinderella.