Some Kind of Fairy Tale

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

by Graham Joyce
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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel

Twenty years ago, teenager Tara Martin disappeared in the dense English forest known as the Outwoods, leaving her parents and her brother, Peter, to fear the unthinkable.

But on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings and there Tara stands—disheveled, unapologetic, and not looking a day over sixteen. It’s a miracle, but Peter is skeptical, especially when Tara claims that she was abducted by fairies. As those who loved and missed Tara attempt to understand where she’s been for two decades, they begin to ask the same question: Has Tara lost her sanity … or have they?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780575115286
Publisher: Gollancz, Victor Limited
Publication date: 02/28/2012

About the Author

Graham Joyce, a winner of the O. Henry Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award, lives in Leicester, England, with his family. His books include The Silent Land, Smoking Poppy, Indigo (a New York Times Notable Book of 2000), The Tooth Fairy (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998), and Requiem, among others.

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Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
At one time or another, we have all heard or read many different children's fairy tales.  Many versions of Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, amongst others, probably could be found around most parent's houses.  Now, for some creative reason, Graham Joyce has decided to write a fairy tale for adults.  My bet is, it too will become a treasured story for adults who enjoy great writing and a story yet untold! A beautiful, popular teenage girl, Tara, goes missing one day , just to turn up twenty years later without aging at all.  Her rambling brother has settled down to the adult life of wife, children and work.  Her parents have become gray headed oldsters.  Her boyfriend has barely survived harassment for 'murdering her and refusing to tell anyone where her body was burried'. ----but no body , no conviction.  Yet his life and friends have changed drastically. Where was Tara?  How did she stay young?  Will she tell the truth, is she perhaps an imposter,  or is she just plain mentally disturbed?  And as in most many fairy tales, will love win in the end? So starts the beginning of this very adult, and very fascinating and fanciful 'fairy tale' that all adult readers will be talking about if they have any curiosity or imagination at all.  First book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written and keeps your interest until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the first reviewer..I look forward to reading all his books. I read this one in a day..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! A must read for people who like modern fairy tales. It will keep you thinking is this her imagination or did Tara really get abducted by the fey.
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
SOME KIND OF FAIRY TALE blends an adult fairy tale, a fantasy of another world, and the reality of some type of neurosis. It is an unexpected fantastic story, diverse from the unusual fantasy literature. Based on old English folk tales, we cross at twilight into this unusual fairy kingdom. But at the heart of this fairy tale is the heartbreaking family crisis, where these family members’ lives are permanently altered by the disappearance of their loved one. How do we explain someone going missing for 20 years and returning without aging? Was it real, some form of psychosis, or was it just some kind of fairy tale?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very different for me. I wasn't expecting the story to go how it did at all but I greatly enjoyed it!
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mrsinserra More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this story, and for a little while I did, but it didn’t last. The story was slow, I kept wanting something to happen. I kept trying to grasp what was going on for most of the story. There were almost no happy parts; I don’t really enjoy books with no happy parts. Some Kind Of Fairy Tale has lots of graphically described sex scenes, especially when Tara talks about Fairy. They added pretty much nothing to the story. I would not recommend this story. Even if you like Fairy Tales or books about Fairies, this just wasn’t all that good. I would not have wasted my time reading this book had I known what would happen in it and how it would end. I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy. Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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