Some Kind of Fairy Tale

Some Kind of Fairy Tale

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Acclaimed author Graham Joyce's mesmerizing new novel centers around the disappearance of a young girl from a small town in the heart of England. Her sudden return twenty years later, and the mind-bending tale of where she's been, will challenge our very perception of truth.

For twenty years after Tara Martin disappeared from her small English town, her parents and her brother, Peter, have lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. And then suddenly, on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents' home and there, disheveled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It's a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara's story just does not add up. And, incredibly, she barely looks a day older than when she vanished.
Award-winning author Graham Joyce is a master of exploring new realms of understanding that exist between dreams and reality, between the known and unknown. Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a unique journey every bit as magical as its title implies, and as real and unsentimental as the world around us.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385535786
Call Number: F JOYCE GR
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 25 cm


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Feb 08, 2020

A beautiful meditation on this world, the other world, the passing of time, the joys and sorrows of aging, and the fear and temptation of leaving this world for a better place. The heart of this story is the bittersweet recognition of loss as an inevitable part of human life, which cannot be evaded either by staying in place or by leaving forever. The plot plays with the ancient story of a human woman taken by fairies, setting her dilemma in the quotidian setting of contemporary British life. I feel the poignance of the author's own reckoning with terminal illness on every page, yet there's much humor here, and acceptance of the messy complications of families, work, and growing up.

Jun 09, 2018

Even though this book is billed as a fairy tale of sorts be forewarned that there is quite a bit of profanity and sex in this novel. Definitely a book for mature audiences.

Feb 23, 2017

This book is totally sweet and has great characters. It centers around a supposed abduction - perhaps by fairies. Don't call them that though! :)

Oct 27, 2016

This novel is amazing. The late Graham Joyce is one if my favorite authors and this novel just hit me straight to the soul.

Nov 08, 2014

This book was mesmerizing--I could not wait to see what was going to happen. There were twists and turns I did not expect. I enjoyed both the plot and the characters. It is unlike any other book I have read.

KateHillier Feb 12, 2014

Came in expecting and hoping to love it but it fell kind of flat for me. We started out strong - missing child appears twenty years later without having aged at all (turns out for her it's only been six months) - but it never seemed to live up to that strength for me. The fairies never seemed as menacing to me as they've been in other books that I've read with this sort of story. I did like the look at how this all affected the family.

Nov 29, 2013

A modern take on an ancient theme, the 'taking' of a human by the elves. Complete with appropriate time warps, and the psychological complications that are the consequence. Enjoyed very much. Very smooth writing. This author is worth looking up.

ontherideau Aug 29, 2013

I left another book halfway in when I read the first chapter of this story.
Credit to Mr. Joyce for imagination.
I'd love to know the chant for banishing mice.

Jul 21, 2013


Aug 03, 2012

This is the first novel by Graham Joyce I've read. After finishing Some Kind of Fairy Tale, I immediately put another on hold. Joyce's writing is clear and a joy to read. The plot is fairly predictable, but it's the characters we come to care about most. Tara struck me as somewhat hollow, and my favorite character was only a minor one: Dr. Underwood. Still this was a good read. Recommended.


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