BUNCE, ELIZABETH C.
A CURSE DARK AS GOLD
The gold thread shimmers in the fading light. It promises Charlotte Miller a way out of debt, a chance to save her family's beloved woolen mill. It promises a future for her sister, livelihood for her townsfolk, security against her sinuous and grasping uncle. It might even promise what she didn't know she needed: lasting hope and true love.
But at what cost?
To get the thread, Charlotte must strike a bargain with its maker, the mysterious Jack Spinner. But the gleam of gold conjures a shadowy past -- secrets and bonds ensnaring generations of Millers. And Charlotte's mill, her family, her friends, her love...What do those matter to a powerful stranger who can spin straw into gold?
In her brilliant debut, Elizabeth Bunce weaves a spellbinding fairy tale, spun with mystery and shot through with romance.
Winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award
THIS RETELLING OF RUMPLESTILSKIN IS INGENUIOUS!!!! BUNCE HAS CREATED A FAIRY TALE WORLD WITH BELIEVABLE FOLKLORE. HER LYRICAL WRITING CREATES THE MOOD OF SETTLING IN TO READ A CLASSIC FAIRY TALE -- BUT THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER. IT'S A STORY FILLED WITH COMPASSION AND FORGIVENESS AND HAS ENOUGH TWISTS AND TURNS TO KEEP YOU GUESSING TO THE VERY END. AND, HOORAH -- SHE HAS ANOTHER BOOK COMING OUT IN THE FALL!!!!!!