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Some Kind of Fairy Tale

A Novel
Joyce, Graham (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Some Kind of Fairy Tale
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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.
Authors: Joyce, Graham, 1954-
Title: Some kind of fairy tale
a novel
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Graham Joyce
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 0385535783
9780385535786
Branch Call Number: FICTION JOYCE 2012
Subject Headings: Fairy tales Fiction Memory Fiction Missing persons Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Fairy tales
Memory
Missing persons
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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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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.

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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