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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.

Review:

"Joyce (The Silent Land) blends reality with fantasy in this modern-day fable. When 35-year-old Tara Martin shows up on her parents' doorstep two decades after she disappeared, unkempt and looking oddly as if she's barely aged, her older brother, Peter, a farrier married with four kids, can't hide his hurt, angry feelings — but they grow even stronger when Tara offers a preposterous story about riding away with a man on a white horse as an explanation for her disappearance. Peter breaks a 10-year silence with his former best friend, Richie Franklin, who as Tara's boyfriend at the time of her disappearance was the main suspect, to let him know that Tara's back. The two men haltingly take up their friendship where it left off, and Richie realizes that he still loves Tara. As Tara accepts counseling with an eccentric psychiatrist and a stranger lurks about, Peter and Richie begin to wonder if her fantastical story may actually hold some truth. Though Joyce envisions an intriguing realm nestled against our own, what's most compelling are his characters' chaotic emotions and reconnections as they struggle to cope with what they can't understand. Agent: Doug Stewart, Sterling Lord Literistic. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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Linda Harrison, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Linda Harrison)
This is a really interesting novel. It is almost a psychological study in that the main character returns after being abducted by "fairies" and lives in their world for six months, but when she returns she had lost 20 years. It is a study of family and friends reactions to her story and the medical testing done in an attempt to fit her "story" into a category people can believe and understand. All in all a very good read.
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Elaine T, December 16, 2012 (view all comments by Elaine T)
I started this book this morning and didn't stop reading until I was done with it. My eyes actually hurt right now. I would describe this as a mystery wrapped in a fairy tale.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385535786
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Subject:
Suspense
Author:
Joyce, Graham
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.3 x 1.7 in 1.25 lb

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Some Kind of Fairy Tale
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Product details 320 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385535786 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Joyce (The Silent Land) blends reality with fantasy in this modern-day fable. When 35-year-old Tara Martin shows up on her parents' doorstep two decades after she disappeared, unkempt and looking oddly as if she's barely aged, her older brother, Peter, a farrier married with four kids, can't hide his hurt, angry feelings — but they grow even stronger when Tara offers a preposterous story about riding away with a man on a white horse as an explanation for her disappearance. Peter breaks a 10-year silence with his former best friend, Richie Franklin, who as Tara's boyfriend at the time of her disappearance was the main suspect, to let him know that Tara's back. The two men haltingly take up their friendship where it left off, and Richie realizes that he still loves Tara. As Tara accepts counseling with an eccentric psychiatrist and a stranger lurks about, Peter and Richie begin to wonder if her fantastical story may actually hold some truth. Though Joyce envisions an intriguing realm nestled against our own, what's most compelling are his characters' chaotic emotions and reconnections as they struggle to cope with what they can't understand. Agent: Doug Stewart, Sterling Lord Literistic. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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