**** Razorback—Ursula Vernon
Inspired by the tales of “Rawhead and Bloody Bones” (dating back to the sixteenth century); Vernon gives the folk story her very individual inflection. From a tale of a gory boogeyman, it transforms into a story of a lonely witch whose ‘closest friend’ becomes the wild hog who roots about in her garden. But affection makes her vulnerable; and this becomes a story of revenge.
I love Vernon’s fairy tales, and this is no exception.