Valente, Catherynne. Six-Gun Snow White
We have seen a fair share of Snow White adaptations, some good, some not so good. Valente's Six-Gun Snow White happens to be an excellent one. Set in the Old West, Snow White is the half-Crow daughter of Mr. H, a wealthy white silver magnate and Gun That Sings, a beautiful Crow woman who was forced into marriage. After her mother dies giving birth to her, Snow White is kept on Mr. H's large and luxurious estate with only a bear, coyote and fox to keep her company. After her father decides to take on a new wife, a mysterious and beautiful woman from New England, Snow White's life changes. Her Step-Mother is both loving and cruel, practicing a strange magic that causes Snow White to flee into wild Indian Territory on her horse, Charming.
While outrunning the bounty hunter sent by Mrs. H to bring back her heart, Snow White searches for her identity and some semblance of hope. This novella is simple in its prose, yet rich in the atmosphere that it creates. Six-Gun Snow White is a fresh and inventive take on the classic.