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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

Some Kind of Fairy Tale (original 2012; edition 2013)

by Graham Joyce

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Title:Some Kind of Fairy Tale
Authors:Graham Joyce
Info:Anchor (2013), Paperback, 320 pages
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Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce (2012)



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A very well written modern day fairy tale.
A young girl disappears and then comes back home 20 years later, apparently no older--or is she?
The people she left behind were destroyed by her disappearance and find it very hard to accept her return, especially when she tells them where she's been. She's obviously got amnesia, or is perhaps lying. She talks to a professional who has a reasonable, psychological explanation for everything she tells him.
Slowly moving, well constructed tale of lives and relationships changed and destroyed--and something eerie just out of reach, but trying to get in. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
This was an asked for Christmas present - and I am very pleased with my choice.
As an avid listeber to folk music I am very familiar with the "gone away with the fairies" genre of song and this brings a tale right up to date; telling the story and then examining the impact of a retuned abductee on friends and family; including a detailed psychiatric investigation.
This is the first book of Graham Joyce's I have read, but certainly won't be the last. He writes equally well about about the fantasy, human and scientific aspects of the story and chooses very apposite chapter headings setting the story against the earlier tales and ideas. Recommended ( )
  johnwbeha | Nov 18, 2015 |
"Fairy Tale" is a contemporary urban fantasy, rooted in British folklore, which explores a question those of us who read fantasy must often push to the back of our minds: why doesn't anyone just think the character is mad? I'm almost ashamed to say that this is the first time I've read Graham Joyce because I have clearly been missing out on reading a master artist. "Some Kind of Fairy Tale" is that rare thing: a book both immaculately crafted and enthralling. Certainly every writer should read this book. ( )
  Darcy-Conroy | Sep 28, 2015 |
It's Christmas and family are around, a knock at the door reveals Tara, who disappeared 20 years ago, but she looks just like she did then, her story of being only away for 6 months doesn't ring true and what she tells people sounds outlandish, but being abducted by faerie is a tale often told.

The story of the aftermath of going away with the faeries. Interesting and well thought. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Sep 15, 2015 |
Really a fun book - a fairly realistic look at what would happen if someone went missing and then showed up saying they were kidnapped by fairies. The book gets in to what the family went through both during the years she was missing and dealing with her return, the medical and psychological testing - and you're never sure, even at the end, if her story is true or if she only believes it is true. I really enjoyed getting caught up in the story. ( )
  BeckyGraham1016 | May 18, 2015 |
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Twenty years ago, teenaged Tara Martin disappeared in the dense — some say enchanted — forest known as the Outwoods on the edge of a small town in central England. Her parents and her brother, Peter, feared the unthinkable; her troubled boyfriend, Richie, was the last known person to be with her, but there were no signs of any wrongdoing. Police and neighbors searched the Outwoods for days, but weeks turned into months and her family slowly gave up hope. Tara's disappearance was left unsolved.

Now, twenty years after her disappearance, a knock at the door on Christmas Day brings an overwhelming sight: Tara, disheveled and exhausted but very much alive. Her explanation for her absence comes hesitantly, and does not seem logical — especially when she confides to Peter, now a forty-year-old husband and father, that if she were to tell the full story no one would ever speak to her again. What is most unsettling is that Tara looks barely older than the day she vanished.

Tara's tale — slowly revealed — is either magical or delusional, dreamlike or terrifying. For Richie, who never recovered from the disgrace of suspicion, Tara's return offers the chance to regain the love of his life, although for all the longing he's felt for twenty years, a new blackness seems to overtake him with Tara 's renewed presence. As those who love and missed Tara attempt to understand where she's been for two decades, they begin the ask the same question: Has Tara lost her sanity, or have they?

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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.

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After missing for twenty years, Tara Martin appears on her parents doorstep barely a day older than when she vanished.

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