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In the Night Garden: 11/21/13
I come to Catherynne M. Valente's adult fiction by way of her YA Fairyland series. In the Night Garden is the first half of pair of short story collections, also known as The Orphan Tales.
However I describe these stories, I won't be able to do them justice. Structurally they are like The Arabian Nights, blended with Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. There are stories within stories, most of which are told to multiple layers of audiences.
In all of this poetic text, there is the same complex but whimsical world building I fell in love with in her Fairyland books.