The Ladies of Grace Adieu
Adult / March 24, 2018

Author: Susanna Clarke. Summary: Susanna Clarke delivers a delicious collection of ten stories set in the same fairy-crossed world of 19th-century England. With Clarke’s characteristic historical detail and diction, these dark, enchanting tales unfold in a slightly distorted version of our own world, where people are bedeviled by mischievous interventions from the fairies. With appearances from beloved characters from her novel, including Jonathan Strange and Childermass, and an entirely new spin on certain historical figures, including Mary, Queen of Scots, this is a must-have for fans of Susanna Clarke’s and an enticing introduction to her work for new readers. (Published Summary) My Thoughts: Clarke’s signature, sweeping style plays off better in the long run, I’m afraid. I did enjoy this collection of short stories based in the same world as Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel, but they’re just not as good as the book. Susanne Clarke seems to develop her characters more slowly and gradually, building them up into real people – which can be a great thing. It just doesn’t work as well in a short story. The strange, sometimes dream-like nature of faerie magic also doesn’t fit into the shorter span. Furthermore, the collection is fairly dependent on…