The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales (Paperback)

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Jesse spins twisted fairy tales to whomever will listen, whether that's coworkers at the scrap heap, beloved Doggo, or merely the encroaching darkness that comes from living Underground for three decades. One day Jesse and Doggo decide to seek out Jesse's long-lost sister above ground and their real adventure - and fight for survival - begins. I could hardly put this book down and it belongs on the shelf alongside the best of post-apocalyptic fiction like The Dog Stars or The Bear.

— From Emily recommends


An astounding tale of a dangerous quest, a talking dog, and fragmented fairy tales in an eerie post-climate collapse future.

A long time ago, the Vanderchucks fled the growing climate disaster and followed their neighbours into the Underground. Jesse Vanderchuck thought it was the end. Of the world. Of life. Eventually, Jesse's little sister, Olivia, ran away and Jesse started picking through trash heaps in Toronto's abandoned subway tunnels. Day in, day out.

Now, years later, Jesse meets a talking dog. Fighting illness and the hostile world aboveground, Jesse and Doggo embark on a fool's errand to find Olivia -- or die trying. Along the way, Jesse spins a series of fairy tales from threads of memories, weaving together the past, present, and future into stories of brave girls, of cunning lads, of love in the face of wickedness, and of hope in the midst of despair.

About the Author

Emily Brewes grew up in the wilds of northern Ontario, where she learned to be afraid of nature, especially bugs. She now writes wistfully of its rugged beauty and haunting landscapes. Emily lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781459747005
ISBN-10: 1459747003
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication Date: June 8th, 2021
Pages: 296
Language: English

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