“I do not understand ‘damned.’ You are. And because you are, you can walk where you will, into peace, oblivion, or pits of fire, but you will always choose.” ― Katherine Arden, The Bear and the Nightingale I hope everyone’s having a good day. Today was a very lazy Sunday. Woke up and let my…

Do you like retellings? I love retellings! Add to that a story about the Holocaust? Yes, please! So many things gave shape to this novel: the stepmother giving the children German names to ensure their survival, Magda the Witch taking them in, the father’s love for his children, the stepmother’s ultimate sacrifice, and Hansel’s need…