- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (28 Aug. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575082631
- ISBN-13: 978-0575082632
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Tooth Fairy Paperback – 28 Aug 2008
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A Terror Eight title: dark fiction for hot summer nights!
About the Author
Graham Joyce is the award-winning author of numerous short story collections and novels, including The Tooth Fairy, Smoking Poppy, The Facts of Life, The Limits of Enchantment, The Silent Land, Some Kind of Fairy Tale and The Year of the Ladybird.
He won the British Fantasy Award six times, and the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 2003 for The Facts of Life. He also won the O Henry Award.
In addition to his own writing, he taught a writing course at Nottingham Trent University.
He died in September 2014.
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Sam accidentally sees the Tooth Fairy one night and things take a downward turn from then on. You see, this tooth fairy, is an evil manipulative spirit and the fact that he/she is seen binds it to Sam, neither is particularly happy with this situation.
This book is not really about fairies though, good or bad. It's about growing up; it's about dealing with all life's problems through a difficult adolescence. It is, in fact, a coming of age story.
Set in the late sixties the book also plays out in tandem with the sexual and cultural revolutions taking place in that period. Sam and his friends are faced with increasingly complicated and often tragic family histories. Trying to make sense of this whilst being confronted with an often malevolent spirit makes Sam's life particularly difficult and for the reader, particularly interesting.
Graham Joyce's use of a normally happy childhood symbol in an altogether more malevolent form is genius. It allows him to exaggerate and emphasise the difficulties Sam experiences growing up. That difficult period of puberty as new feelings and experiences begin to come to prominence is given added mystique.
Needless to say sex plays a prominent role throughout the book as Sam's urges awaken against the background of a general rise in promiscuity in the late 60's. The offsetting of Sam's innocence with the Tooth Fairies experience provides a rich vein of confusion in Sam's mind which Joyce exploits to the full.Read more ›
A minor masterpiece.
Set in the Midlands, in the early 60s, the book follows the fortunes of a small group of friends Sam, Terry and Clive, later joined by the classier, horse-riding Alice, and by Linda, slightly older, much more sophisticated, striding into the uplands of sexuality way before the 3 boys she originally bosses and nannies.
Sam, aged 5, loses a milk tooth, and meets a Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Fairy is like nothing from Peter Pan. He/she/it is a sexual shapeshifter; feral, filthy, violent, alluring, murderous, vengeful, wounded, lost, tender, anarchic and comically, lethally, viciously destructive. The Tooth Fairy represents the dark, hidden, I-have-no-idea-what-is-going-to-happen-next-randomness of life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have teenagers that can't find a book to read - give them this. I loved it and my sons, when they were about 12 or 13, read it avidly - 2 or 3 times over. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Debs
Depressing to say the least...
For me it was a complete waste of money and time.
A different coming of age story uncanny and true to life. I can almost believe in fairies!Published 9 months ago by James Goodson
This book has so many good reviews which is why I thought I'd try it, but it really did nothing for me. I've read Some Kind of fairytale and I didn't enjoy that either! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ms. Lr Stephens
I loved the grounding in reality but found the fantasy irresistible. I late to Graham Joyce but am off to read more. So should you.Published 12 months ago by Dave Heap
I love Graham Joyce's books and this is as good as any I've read. Always surprising, but written in a way that makes you think, oh yes, of course that WOULD happen that way. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer