From the author: Cinderella had her mice and birds. Mila had spiders....
Mila’s hair had never been cut.
By the time she was ten, her wavy mahogany-coloured hair fell to the small of her back. At thirteen, she could fold an inch under her rear and sit on it. On the day she turned sixteen, if she braided it up in two long braids they would brush the back of her knees; unbraided, the ends fell to mid-calf.
She usually wore it plaited up out of the way and coiled around her head like a crown. But when she let it down, to wash the great mass of it and then combed...