Some Kind of Fairy Tale

A Novel

Joyce, Graham

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Some Kind of Fairy Tale
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.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0385535783
Branch Call Number: FICTION JOYCE 2012
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,25 cm


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If your teenaged sister disappeared 20 years ago, then suddenly showed up looking no older than 16, could you believe her fantastical tale of where she'd been? This story pulls you in right away, grows in complexity, and leaves you with unanswered questions. (Christopher's fave)

Tara takes a walk in the woods -- for twenty years. When she comes back her family is just healing from from the wound she left. And she looks like she is still fifteen.

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Nov 08, 2014
  • jeffreyochsner rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 12, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 03, 2014
  • gvlee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A modern day fairy tale for adults with a bittersweet ending, about a girl who disappeared when she was 15 years old, and then reappears 20 years later, but still looking like she is 15 years old. Riveting. Highly recommended.

Nov 29, 2013
  • ClaireM_W rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 29, 2013
  • ontherideau rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • ParnassusReads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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