The Literary Horizon: Some Kind of Fairy Tale


Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce


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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I know it’s Christmas, but I am nothing if not a woman of habit. So, on Christmas Day, I highlight Some Kind of Fairy Tale, which opens on Christmas Day. I tend to stay far away from “urban fantasy” (I do not think that phrase means what you think it means, to misquote Inigo Montoya), but Joyce’s realism seems to head off most of my complaints. This is all Laura Miller’s fault, as many good things in my life often are.

In her review at, Miller praises Joyce’s use of realism and the novel’s focus on youth and change. Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves quite enjoyed it. Niall Alexander at The Speculative Scotsman notes that you need to be open to it, but it’s very worth it. Jenny at Jenny’s Books enjoyed it, but found that it often made subtext explicit and the fairy world had some bizarre trappings.

Some Kind of Fairy Tale was published on July 10.

2 thoughts on “The Literary Horizon: Some Kind of Fairy Tale

  1. I wouldn’t call this urban fantasy at all. It’s not urban! It’s countryish and it’s really good. I hope my review didn’t sound too negative, because I did like it a lot.

    • I meant “urban fantasy” to denote “supernatural fiction”, which is actually what people mean when they say “urban fantasy”. Urban fantasy would be, say, The Lies of Locke Lamora.

      Your review sounded fine! It’s quite fair. 🙂

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