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Worth the read
I thought Deerskin was certainly unique in the
"shock" value of the storyline -- not just another
young adult tale in that sense. What has
impressed me each time I read it is that Ms.
McKinley chose to take on a topic like sexual
abuse (a serious social issue) and deal with it
through the medium of a fairy tale. Deerskin
tells the truth about this issue in a way that
more "realistic" stories can sometimes cloud.
I like the fact that Deerskin moves from being a
victim without the will to make things happen for
herself to a mature woman who makes the choice to
not be a victim. It's an important message for
all of us, whatever our circumstances and I think
it makes Deerskin a success (at least for me!).
It's not as "fun" as the other novels but it is
powerful in a way that they aren't.
From: Johanna Wood
Monday, December 09, 1996 at 17:45:13 (EST)