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A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

By Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman and Renée Ahdieh and Sona Charaipotra and Preeti Chhibber and Roshani Chokshi and Aliette de Bodard and Melissa de la Cruz and Julie Kagawa and Rahul Kanakia and Lori M. Lee and E. C. Myers and Cindy Pon and Aisha Saeed and Shveta Thakrar and Alyssa Wong
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman and Renée Ahdieh and Sona Charaipotra and Preeti Chhibber and Roshani Chokshi and Aliette de Bodard and Melissa de la Cruz and Julie Kagawa and Rahul Kanakia and Lori M. Lee and E. C. Myers and Cindy Pon and Aisha Saeed and Shveta Thakrar and Alyssa Wong digital book - Fable

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Publisher Description

Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings: these are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. 

Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.

Compiled by We Need Diverse Books’s Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the authors included in this exquisite collection are: Renée Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong.

A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother’s mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place.

From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish. For fans of Neil Gaiman’s Unnatural Creatures and Ameriie’s New York Times–bestselling Because You Love to Hate Me.

21 Reviews

Thumbs Up“I wasn't expecting to enjoy this bc I don't usually love anthologies, but it was a good read. Loved learning all the folklore and the backstories behind each short story, even though I didn't love all of the stories.”
Reviewed in:B&N 2023 Challenge
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Thumbs Up“Not my typical read but I did enjoy the diverse stories and really enjoyed that the folklore that inspired it was included. It was cool to learn about them all - not sure that I’m an anthology person though.”
Reviewed in:B&N 2023 Challenge
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“3.5 - YA collection of reinterpreted asian fairy tales. As with all collections there were strong and weak elements. I really enjoyed learning more about asian myths and folklore.”

About Ellen Oh

Ellen Oh is the cofounder of We Need Diverse Books and author of the award-winning Spirit Hunters series for middle grade readers and the Prophecy trilogy (Prophecy, Warrior, and King) for young adults. Originally from New York City, Ellen is a former adjunct college instructor and lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history. Ellen lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and three children and has yet to satisfy her quest for a decent bagel. You can visit her online at www.ellenoh.com.

Sona Charaipotra

Sona Charaipotra is the author of Symptoms of a Heartbreak and How Maya Got Fierce, and co-author of The Rumor Game and Tiny Pretty Things, now a Netflix original series. She earned a master’s degree in screenwriting from NYU and an MFA in creative writing from the New School. A working journalist, Sona has held editorial roles at PeopleTeenPeople, ABCNews.com, MSN, several parenting publications, the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog (RIP), and, most recently, as senior editor of trends and features at Parents.com. She has contributed to publications from the New York Times to TeenVogue. She is a former We Need Diverse Books board member, and she cofounded CAKE Literary, a boutique book packager focused on high concept diverse titles. Find her on the web talking about books, Bollywood movies, and chai. 

Other books by Sona Charaipotra

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling fantasy author. Her bestselling books include her adult debut, The Last Tale of the Flower Bride, The Star-Touched Queen series, The Gilded Wolves Trilogy, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which Time magazine named one of the Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time. Her novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages and often draw upon world mythology and folklore. Chokshi is a member of the National Leadership Board for the Michael C. Carlos Museum and lives in Georgia with her husband and their cat.

Rahul Kanakia

Naomi Kanakia's novels include We Are Totally Normal and Enter Title Here. Additionally, her stories have appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Indiana Review, and Nature. She has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Lambda Literary Foundation. Originally from Washington, DC, Naomi now lives in San Francisco. 

Shveta Thakrar

Shveta Thakrar’s debut novel, Star Daughter, is a standalone YA fantasy perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Laini Taylor, and Margaret Rogerson. Shveta's work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Enchanted Living, Uncanny Magazine, and Toil & Trouble. You can find her online at www.shvetathakrar.com and on Twitter and Instagram at @ShvetaThakrar.

Alyssa Wong

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