Narrated by Tina Connolly.

You eat and you eat, too hungered to fuss over the blood scent in your nose. Though what’s a little blood between you and the prairie? Blood is the binding between hunting and womanhood, and yet, and yet, the dress the virgin bride wears is white, no matter how much she hunts or menstruates. White dresses are impossible to keep clean on the prairie. White dresses lie.

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Read “The Heart That Saves You May Be Your Own” by Merrie Haskell, in Issue #313, Twelfth Anniversary Double-Issue

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Merrie Haskell grew up half in North Carolina, half in Michigan. Her first three novels are The Princess Curse, Handbook for Dragon Slayers, and The Castle Behind Thorns. She has won the Schneider Family Book Award (Middle Grades) and the DetCon1 Middle Grade Speculative Fiction award, and she was twice a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature. Merrie lives in Saline, Michigan and works in a library with over 7.5 million bound volumes.

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