Cinderella stories emphasize the importance of astute parenting. Little Cinderella typically enjoys the love of both her parents for a brief time. Her mother expires tragically. Her father feels incapable of raising an only child on his own. He and a widowed mother tenuously find love a second time around. But Cinderella’s stepmother gains control of the household through her second husband’s:
• Unmitigated grief;
• Untimely death or debility.
Cinderella goes through distressing emotional and physical arcs. But she manages to triumph through:
• A fairy godmother;
• A handsome, power-holding youth;
• A tiny slipper.
Two of the above-mentioned variables may be found in “Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella.” But readers will not find a fairy godmother or a loving father.