The stories in Jane Yolen’s relatable and powerful HOW TO FRACTURE A FAIRY TALE are a treat to read

With over a month left until publication, Jane Yolen’s HOW TO FRACTURE A FAIRY TALE continues to wow critics.

PUBLISHER WEEKLY praises the collection.

Yolen (THE EMERALD CIRCUS) has put together a thought-provoking collection of reprinted and original works that explore every aspect of fairy tales.


Readers will find most of these stories relatable and powerful in their messages, and Yolen’s notes about each work’s origin are so interesting that they’re worth rereading in their own right. 

THE BOOK LOVER’S BOUDOIR enjoys the book.

I enjoyed every story in this collection. I love it when authors take a well-known story and shape and twist it into something completely new. Fairy tales present almost endless ‘what if’ possibilities. Yolen distorts some well-known fairy tales in this collection but there are also tales I’d never heard of before. Every page was a treat to read. Some of the stories are even darker than the fairytales. I loved what Yolen does with this collection. I particularly enjoyed “The Bridge’s Complaint,” “Sun / Flight,” “Brother Hart, “One Old Man, with Seas”l and “Sister Death.”

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DIVINE NANNY likes her introduction to Jane Yolen.

Even though I own several works by Jane Yolen (thanks to Humble Bundle) I hadn’t read anything by her before. I was still intrigued by this work up on NetGalley and couldn’t resist requesting it. I’m glad I did, because I think I found myself a new writer whose style I love.


If you are looking for fairy tales with a twist, for stories that could be told at the fireside, for something on a cold winter night, look no further than this collection. Four out of five stars from me.

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