Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel

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by Graham Joyce | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0385535783 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 11/13/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, November 13, 2016
I got this good-condition ex-library hardcover from Better World Books. It's about a teenaged girl who disappears, only to turn up again twenty years later looking no older than when she left. The story features a lot of intriguing characters, many of whom start out unsympathetic and then grow on you; then there's the story itself, which might deal with a realm out of time, something like faerie, or might deal with mental illness - or with a bold attempt at a con game. (The author provides enough hints early on that I'm pretty sure most readers will know where things are heading, but the way the different characters react as events unfold - including the actions of our heroine herself - can leave one guessing, at least until quite late in the book.)

Some parts of the story really resonated with me - the idea of a beloved child or sibling, long thought lost, turning up again; the awareness of lost time and wasted years; the pangs of doubt, guilt, and fear... Oh, and the whole bit with the cat! And the wildly inventive place where young Tara "disappeared" to, and the old psychiatrist's interpretations of same. And much, much more - the writing, the characterization, the pacing, it all just worked.

I'll be looking for more by this author, though I'm not sure I should measure anything else against this one! (I'd read his The Silent Land via audiobook some time back, and it did have some of the same elements of weirdness, but I wasn't as happy with the characters or the conclusion of that one.)

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Irvington, New York USA on Sunday, December 25, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (12/24/2016 UTC) at Irvington, New York USA


I gave this to my brother-in-law, who had recommended the author to me but hadn't read this one yet. Enjoy!

*** Released as part of the 2016 Christmas/Holiday release challenge, as it opens at Christmas and the seasons are an important subplot. ***

*** Released as part of the 2016 What's In A Name release challenge, for the embedded "Al" in the title. ***

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