Sisters All . . . and One TrollSpring 2006 Storytelling
Kate Crackernuts, demonstrates how the genuine love for another can overcome human selfishness. Ironically, it is the mother who does the ugly deed (for the purpose of making her daughter better able to attract a husband), resulting in an unusual adventure for the daughter who possessed more love and passion for her stepsister than her own desire to marry. Sibling love is also demonstrated in Hamilton’s adapted Norwegian folktale, Three Sisters and the Troll, in which the brave and clever youngest sister heroically saves her family. An eleven-segment Cinderella story that takes listeners to Chile, Russia, France, China, the Republic of Georgia, Germany, Nigeria, Ireland, and three subcultures in North America. Brilliantly crafted, the segments work like blocks of a quilt: individual works of art that make up a whole. Here, Hamilton chooses to place her stories emphasis not on the stereotypical “wicked stepmother” but rather on the inner character of the struggling stepdaughter as she encountered difficulties during her journey.