How to Fracture a Fairy Tale

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale

by Jane Yolen

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Overview

“This collection is Jane Yolen at her best. This is magic.”—Patricia C. Wrede, author of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles

Fantasy icon Jane Yolen ( The Devil’s Arithmetic , Briar Rose , Sister Emily’s Lightship ) is adored by generations of readers of all ages. Now she triumphantly returns with this inspired gathering of fractured fairy tales and legends. Yolen breaks open the classics to reveal their crystalline secrets: a philosophical bridge that misses its troll, a spinner of straw as a falsely accused moneylender, the villainous wolf adjusting poorly to retirement. Each of these offerings features a new author note and original poem, illuminating tales that are old, new, and brilliantly refined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616963064
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Publication date: 11/05/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 417,362
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Beloved fantasy legend Jane Yolen published her 365th book in 2018. Her work includes children’s fiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Her publications include Owl Moon , The Devil’s Arithmetic , Briar Rose , Sister Emily’s Starship , The Emerald Circus , and Sister Light, Sister Dark . Among her many honors are the Caldecott and Christopher Medals, multiple Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Golden Kite, and Jewish Book awards; as well as the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Science Fiction Poetry Grand Master Award. Yolen is also a teacher of writing and a book reviewer. She lives in Western Massachusetts and St. Andrew, Scotland.

Table of Contents

Stories
“Snow in Summer”
“The Bridge’s Complaint”
“The Moon Ribbon”
“Godmother Death”
“Happy Dens or A Day in the Old Wolves’ Home”
“Granny Rumple”
“One Ox, Two Ox, Three Ox, and the Dragon King”
“Brother Hart”
“Sun/Flight”
“Slipping Sideways Through Eternity”
“The Foxwife”
“The Faery Flag”
“One Old Man, with Seals”
“Sleeping Ugly”
“The Undine”
“Great-Grandfather Dragon’s Tale”
“Green Plague”
“The Unicorn and the Pool”
“The Golden Balls”
“Sister Death”
“Sule Skerry”
“Once A Good Man”
“Allerleirauh”
“The Gwynhfar”
“Cinder Elephant”
“Mama Gone”
“The Woman Who Loved A Bear”
“Wrestling with Angels”

Poems
“The Thing About Fairy Tales” / “Prince Ever After” / “Troll Maiden on the Bridge” / “Learning from Those Other Princesses” / “Stone Hand in Stone Hand: Norvelt Cemetery” / “Once Upon A Wolf” / “Spinning Straw” / “‘Story,’” the Old Man Said” / “Green Children” / “Icarus Fall” / “Ovens” / “Foxwife” / “Carrying the Flag of Faery” / “On Meeting A God” / “Old Woman by the Well” / “Warning from the Undine” / “St. George’s Sword and Word” / “To Be Paid” / “Rhinoceros” / “Frog Meet Princess” / “The Keening Woman” / “When I Was A Selchie” / “What Do We Need of Heaven” / “Cinderella in the Ashes” / “Not That Princess”

Cinder Elephant / “Fat Is Not A Fairy Tale” / “The Vampire Regrets” / “Marrying the Bear” / “Jacob’s Regret”

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