In Some Kind of Fairy Tale a teenage girl disappears in the woods near her English home, then returns to her family 20 years later. She has barely aged and her explanation, hardly believable, is that she was abducted by fairies…as the story unfolds it reveals an increasing amount of tangible evidence to back up her explanation.
Joyce weaves elements of folklore and myth into this novel of magical realism; its well-drawn characters build a tale of family, life and contradicting realities.
I find this idea of an updated fairy tale very appealing and as a quote in the novel says:
“A fairy tale…on the other hand, demands of the reader total surrender; so long as he is in its world, there must for him be no other.” – W. H. Auden