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How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen

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.

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Stories
“Snow in Summer”
“The Bridge’s Complaint”
“The Moon Ribbon”
“Godmother Death”
“Happy Dens or A Day in the Old Wolves’ Home”
“Granny Rumple”
“One Ox, Two Ox, Three Ox, and the Dragon King”
“Brother Hart”
“Sun/Flight”
“Slipping Sideways Through Eternity”
“The Foxwife”
“The Faery Flag”
“One Old Man, with Seals”
“Sleeping Ugly”
“The Undine”
“Great-Grandfather Dragon’s Tale”
“Green Plague”
“The Unicorn and the Pool”
“The Golden Balls”
“Sister Death”
“Sule Skerry”
“Once A Good Man”
“Allerleirauh”
“The Gwynfahr”
“Cinder Elephant”
“Mama Gone”
“The Woman Who Loved A Bear”
“Wrestling with Angels”

Poems
“The Thing About Fairy Tales” / “Prince Ever After” / “Troll Maiden on the Bridge” / “Learning from Those Other Princesses” / “Stone Hand in Stone Hand: Norvelt Cemetery” / “Once Upon A Wolf” / “Spinning Straw” / “‘Story,’” the Old Man Said” / “Green Children” / “Icarus Fall” / “Ovens” / “Foxwife” / “Carrying the Flag of Faery” / “On Meeting A God” / “Old Woman by the Well” / “Warning from the Undine” / “St. George’s Sword and Word” / “To Be Paid” / “Rhinoceros” / “Frog Meet Princess” / “The Keening Woman” / “When I Was A Selchie” / “What Do We Need of Heaven” / “Cinderella in the Ashes” / “Not That Princess” Cinder Elephant / “Fat Is Not A Fairy Tale” / “The Vampire Regrets” / “Marrying the Bear” / “Jacob’s Regret”

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