Book Review: The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke

My William & Mary Alumni Chapter book club selected The Ladies of Grace Adieu (2006) a short story collection by Susanna Clarke for this month’s selection.  Clarke does a good imitation of Regency-era English fairy tales.  Of course I have no interest in reading Regency-era English fairy tales much less their modern imitation.  But I was a good do-bee and soldiered through the book and after a while I found myself, well, enchanted.  While overall this is not my thing, some of the stories were better than others and it made it bearable to read instead of an obligation.  I particularly like the stories about how the Duke of Wellington rescues himself from fairies by embroidering, the story of a snobbish country rector/doctor who outwits a malicious ferry, and the story of the construction of the fairy bridge at fairy.  The rest is meh.

So I made it through this book, and discussed it at book club, but I don’t expect to read any more Susanna Clarke anytime soon.