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How to Fracture a Fairy Tale

(2018)
A collection of stories by

 
 
"This collection is Jane Yolen at her best. This is magic." - Patricia C. Wrede, author of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles

Fantasy icon Jane Yolen (The Devil's Arithmetic, Briar Rose, Sister Emily's Lightship) is adored by generations of readers of all ages. Now she triumphantly returns with this inspired gathering of fractured fairy tales and legends. Yolen breaks open the classics to reveal their crystalline secrets: a philosophical bridge that misses its troll, a spinner of straw as a falsely accused moneylender, the villainous wolf adjusting poorly to retirement. Each of these offerings features a new author note and original poem, illuminating tales that are old, new, and brilliantly refined.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Yolen’s deftly-flowing prose highlights each unique perspective or imaginative speculation. Her tales, once fractured, don’t splinter - they sparkle." - Alex Flinn

"No one can spin a tale as magical as Jane Yolen, full of beauty and wonder, and more than a few sharp thorns!" - Jessica Day George

"How to Fracture a Fairy Tale is a fascinating exploration of how old stories we all think we know can become fresh and new and stunning in the hands of the masterful Jane Yolen. So many of Yolen’s stories here are like origami?with expert snips and twists and turns, she transforms the ordinary into fantastic art. This book can be read just for sheer pleasure or as a study for other writers in what is possible." - Margaret Peterson Haddix

"A master storyteller at her best. I’ve been a fan of Jane Yolen and fractured fairytales for years and this collection doesn’t disappoint." - Chanda Hahn

"Yolen takes well-known fairy tales and splits them apart, sometimes leaving them still quite familiar and other times shining a light from an unfamiliar angle to reveal new truths and possibilities." - Margo Kelly

"Ever the master storyteller, Jane Yolen weaves and spins and fractures her way through a far-ranging, culturally diverse array of fairy-tales.Ranging from the comic (various famous fairy tale wolves kvetching in an Old Wolves Home) to the disturbing (a take on Cinderella involving incest) to the poetic (a lovely version of the Native American tale ‘The Woman Who Loved a Bear’), each tale is a finely crafted gemstone. Readers will be filled with wonder and delight, pain and joy, and may even be inspired to try their own hand at fracturing a fairy tale.I particularly loved Yolen’s explanatory ‘How I Fractured These Stories’ section at the end, identifying the origin tale, each one accompanied by a luminous poem." - Edith Pattou

"Yolen’s writing bone-deep sort of magical, where you find yourself unsure where the original fairytale ends and her interpretation begins. These stories got into my skin, and my head, and my heart?the perfect blend of beautiful and frightening." - Jackson Pearce

"This collection is Jane Yolen at her best. This is magic." - Patricia C Wrede


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Paperback Editions

November 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: How to Fracture a Fairy Tale
Author(s): Jane Yolen
ISBN: 1-61696-306-9 / 978-1-61696-306-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
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Kindle Editions

November 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: How to Fracture a Fairy Tale
Author(s): Jane Yolen
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU