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'Tender Morsels is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them. It is a gloriously told tale of journeys and transformations, penetrating the boundaries between male and female, reality and myth, conscious and unconscious, temporal and spiritual, human and beast.

'Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, given to her by natural magic and in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters, gentle Branza and curious Urdda, grow up in this harmonious world, protected from the violence and village prejudice that once made their mother's life unendurable.

'But the real world cannot be denied forever, and gradually the borders break down between Liga's refuge and the place from which she escaped. Having known heaven, how will Liga and her daughters survive back in the world where beauty cannot be separated from cruelty? How far can you take your fantasies before they grow dangerous? How fully can you protect your children, and how completely should you?' (Publisher's blurb)

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Reference: Indirect
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Note: Setting not explicitly medieval; technology and name/titles suggest English medieval setting.

Notes

  • Dedication: 'For my sisters, Susi, Jude and Amanda.'
  • Included on the US Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Best Books for Young Adults 2009 list.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2008 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 362p.
      ISBN: 9781741147964 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Knopf ,
      2008 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 436p.
      ISBN: 9780375948114 (lib. bdg.), 9780375848117 (trade)
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2010 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 1v.p.
      Edition info: Young adult ed.
      Note/s:
      • With a cover by Shaun Tan
      ISBN: 9781741758160 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Strategic, Stylistic and Notional Intertextuality : Fairy Tales in Contemporary Australian Fiction Danielle Wood , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , no. 43 2018;

'While Canadian scholar Lisa M Fiander argues that fairy tales are ‘everywhere’ in Australian fiction, this paper questions that assertion. It considers what it means for a fairy tale to be ‘in’ a work of contemporary fiction, and posits a classificatory system based on the vocabulary of contemporary music scholarship where a distinction is made between intertextuality that is stylistic and that which is strategic. Stylistic intertextuality is the adoption of features of a style or genre without reference to specific examples, while strategic intertexuality references specific prior works. 

'Two distinct approaches to strategic fairy-tale revision have emerged in Australian writing in recent decades. One approach, exemplified in works by writers including Kate Forsyth, Margo Lanagan and Juliet Marillier, leans towards the retelling of European fairy tales. Examples include Forsyth’s The Beast’s garden (‘Beauty and the Beast’), Lanagan’s Tender morsels (‘Snow White and Rose Red’) and Marillier’s short story ‘By bone-light’ (‘Vasilisa the Beautiful’). The other, more fractured, approach is exemplified in works by writers including Carmel Bird and Murray Bail, which do not retell fairy tales but instead echo them and allude to them.

'This paper proposes that recent Australian works that retell fairy tales are less likely to be set in a recognisably Australian context than are works which take a more fractured approach to fairy tale. It also explores the notion that, presently, transporting European fairy tales, whole, into an Australian setting, seems to be a troubling proposition for writers in a post-colonial settler society that is highly sensitised to, but still largely in denial about, its colonial past.' (Publication abstract)

Reconsidering The Hypothetical Adolescent In Evaluating And Teaching Young Adult Literature Mark A Sulzer , Amanda Haertling Thein , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy , October vol. 60 no. 2 2016; (p. 163-171)

'Courses on teaching young adult literature (YAL) often encourage preservice English language arts teachers to consider their future students as they evaluate texts for classroom use. In this study, Sulzer and Thein analyzed preservice teachers' responses to familiar questions used to frame discussions of YAL-questions that ask them to read on behalf of a hypothetical adolescent reader. Findings suggest that evaluating YAL this way may naturalize myths about who adolescents are, what they care about, and what they are capable of. Understanding and addressing these myths may be beneficial to all who are involved in selecting literature for adolescents.' (Publication abstract)

Untitled Martha V. Parravano , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , January/February vol. 86 no. 1 2010; (p. 108)

— Review of Tender Morsels Margo Lanagan , 2008 single work novel
Confronting the Darkness Within Gia Metherell , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 February 2010; (p. 11)
Award-Winning Australian Authors Ilze Groves , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Lu Rees Archives Notes, Books and Authors , no. 31 2009; (p. 25-26)
Untitled Stuart Dunstan , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , August vol. 88 no. 2 2008; (p. 39)

— Review of Tender Morsels Margo Lanagan , 2008 single work novel
Abstract Intimacies Amid Senseless Cruelty Rebecca Starford , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 October 2008; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Tender Morsels Margo Lanagan , 2008 single work novel
Words Out of Sync Katharine England , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 18 October 2008; (p. 12)

— Review of Tender Morsels Margo Lanagan , 2008 single work novel ; Cooee : A Novel Vivienne Kelly , 2008 single work novel
A Taste of the Dark Stuff Frances Atkinson , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 October 2008; (p. 27)

— Review of Tender Morsels Margo Lanagan , 2008 single work novel
Beware the Man-Bear Van Ikin , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 November 2008; (p. 30)

— Review of Tender Morsels Margo Lanagan , 2008 single work novel
Dreamers Converge for Fantasy Come True Sarina Talip , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 October 2008; (p. 6)
From Temper, Temper to Tender Morsels: An Interview with Margo Lanagan 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Studies in Australian Weird Fiction , no. 3 2009; (p. 113-120)
A Printz Retrospective Jonathan Hunt , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Horn Book Magazine , July/August vol. 85 no. 4 2009; (p. 395-403)
Discusses the winners of the Michael L. Printz Award from 2000 to 2009.
Tender Hearts and Tough Realities: Too Much Nitty-Gritty? Jackie Kemp , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 November 2009; (p. 16)
'Should classroom books reflect the darker side of life, or is there still a place for escapism? (Source: The Canberra Times (Panorama) 28/11/09 p.16)
Confronting the Darkness Within Gia Metherell , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 February 2010; (p. 11)
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