Details about The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton
The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton – Their father was called Alberto, and Alberto was king of Kalia. In the scheme of the story, this is a fact both important and irrelevant, like most things are, depending on the time of day you’re looking at them. It was Alberto being king that made his daughters princesses. Now, between you and me, I don’t think any of them liked being princesses very much. It might seem fun to wear a jewelled crown and have people do everything for you – but it quickly becomes tiresome, to the point that boiling an egg for yourself feels like a holiday.
After Queen Laurelia’s death, King Alberto became the sort of person who ate a whole cake without offering anyone else a slice, and who punished his girls for things that weren’t their fault at all. The girls weren’t alone in this: the world is full of children picking up their parents’ crumbs. Alberto and Laurelia had no sons, and I think this was part of the problem, because after Laurelia died, Alberto didn’t know what to do with one daughter, let alone twelve of them. Laurelia had been the one watching them, nurturing their imaginations, their educations.