The Souls of Her Feet
by Kristen Caven
(Little Pig Productions, 2013; Uplift Press 2015, 2019)
Part One of the Fairytale Reality Project
In this colorful and quirky crossover novel, Kristen Caven reimagines Cinderella as a middle American teenager with big feet. This sweet and slightly twisted version of the beloved fairytale bubbles with sharp, funny character interpretations (a gay fairy godmother/father; steps who sext) and emotionally resonant plot twists. The Souls of Her Feet will inspire conversations about responsibility, being passive or assertive, morality, waste, life choices, cross-dressing, and best of all, cleaning house.
A campy adventure of assisted self-rescue from a childhood gone wrong, Caven’s self-aware emotional fantasy gives the fairy godmother a meaningful relationship with Ashley’s lost parents. (And what teenage girl doesn’t wish a gay uncle figure would magically appear and affirm her personal sensibility in a world of clutter and materialism?) When she finally gets to the prom, wearing just the right shoes, Ashley feels transformed and finally seen for who she is inside.