Danielle Wood

"Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls"

(Reviewed by Amanda Richards OCT 7, 2007)

"But what precisely does an aquiline nose look like?”

Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls by Danielle Wood

According to Rosie's research, the aquiline noses that stick out snottily from the pages of numerous works of great fiction indicate a strong will, independence and the promise of prosperous mid-years. This, however, is no snotty work, and is not for perfect "girls" (and by "girls" I mean females between the ages of 16 and 120.) Nope, good little girls need read no further, because this book isn't for you.

These short and snappy, no nonsense stories cut straight to the good stuff - from the deflowering of a naïve maiden in a liaison more comical than dangerous (just ask Rene Pogel), to a bride defying logic in an attempt to make a good impression - Rosie Little's life journeys will strike you as funny, peculiar, poignant and bewitching, all at once.

Topics covered also include Truth (big girls and white elephants), Travel (tragic adventures in the English countryside), Beauty (a model romance), Art (Eve by the numbers), Love (who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf?), Commitment (wax and wail), Work (spinning copy from rumor), Longing (romancing the stone), Loss (for the love of Kate) and finally, Destiny. A great book for those times when a long reading session isn't in the cards, Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls explores hidden recesses of the female psyche without ever being preachy or boring.
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About the Author:

Danielle WoodDanielle Wood completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Edith Cowan University. She has worked as a journalist in Perth and in Tasmania.

Her first novel, The Alphabet of Light and Dark, won The Australian/Vogel Award Literary Award in 2002 (Australia’s richest prize for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five) and the Dobbie Award for women writers in 2004. It was also short-listed for the 2004 Commonwealth Writers' Prize in the Best First Book category (Southeast Asia and South Pacific Region) and nominated for the 2005 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Wood is a writing professor at the University of Tasmania.

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