In this retelling of "Sleeping Beauty," Alice seems destined to lead a princess's life--except for the frightening curse that dreaded Aunt Violette bestowed at her christening: She will die at the age of eighteen. Although she lives, something horrible happens on her eighteenth birthday. And as a result, Alice falls into a trancelike state and refuses to speak to anyone. Will she ever recover?
Adèle Geras is the celebrated author of many books for all ages, including Troy and Ithaka. She lives in Cambridge, England.
"The story is redolent with sexuality, fragility, and innocence . . . [An] unusual romance."--The Bulletin
"Geras writes with imagination and skill."--Kirkus Reviews
"[Has] wide appeal."--Booklist