In The Greener Forest, Vonnie Winslow Crist knows what comprises a fairy tale and her maturity as a writer shines most clearly in her knowledge that as opposed to today's antiseptic, squeaky clean. "they all lived happily ever after" fairy tales, the world of magic conceals risk and even genuine danger.
In this collection of
short stories and poems, Crist takes us to a greener world where the
gifts of the fae can bring delight or destruction and where the wonder
that permeates her literary universe can wield happiness or horror. In
this short collection you will meet the Acorn Cap Brown Man, mermaids
self-exiled because of love, spriggans and a panoply of nature spirits
both benign and malevolent.
All in all, a satisfying read and
worth the time for armchair explorers like me who fear the invitation of
the evening mist outside carries the possibility of never returning to
hearth and home.