Modern Fairy Tales

Alice Hoffman

A tale of enchantment; a luminous lesson in how to say goodbye and how to hold on to those we love best of all.

Susan Wilson

A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" featuring an artist and the man she has been hired to paint - an author with a disfiguring genetic disease.

Sheri S. Tepper

Drawing on the wellspring of tales such as "Sleeping Beauty," (this) is a moving novel of love and loss, hope and despair, magic and nature.

Robert Coover

A unique spin on the tale of "Sleeping Beauty" and the absurd and inescapable demands that Romance makes on our lives.

Gregory Maguire

A sophisticated and evocative version of "Cinderella" set in 17th century Holland.

Gail Carson Levine

Based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Kay Hooper
The story of Rapunzel set in a small town community theater.
Margaret Peterson Haddix
In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.
Jennifer Roberson
The first flush of romance between Maid Marion and Robin Hood is told in this prequel to the "Merry Men" legends.
Francesca Lia Block
With language that is both lyrical and distinctly her own, Francesca Lia Block turns nine fairy tales inside out.
Robin McKinley
The classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty as a richly vivid, imaginative novel.
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
A witty take on Cinderella, Snow White and Puss in Boots - a frustrated social worker wishes for a Fairy Godmother for the whole city.
Alia Yunis
Scheherazade retold in a magic carpet ride examining the lives of Fatima Abdullah and her huge dysfunctional family.
Vivian Vande Viede
Have you ever wondered just what was going on when that odd little man with the long name stepped up and volunteered to spin straw into gold for the miller's daughter? If you stop and think about it, there are some very peculiar and rather hard-to-explain components to the story.
Adele Geras
The fairy tale Rapunzel, set in an English girls' boarding school in the 1960s.
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Donna Jo Napoli
The story of Rapunzel, set in 15th century Switzerland and told from multiple points of view.