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Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
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Jane Yolen explores the story of Sleeping Beauty by setting it during the Holocaust. If this sounds like a difficult book to read, it is, but it also addresses the idea of personal history as story and brings to the surface the dark nature of many classic folk tales.

Unfortunately, the dialogue is jarringly flat - I've seen Yolen write much better - and the romantic subplot distracts from the narrative as a whole. If Yolen had just focused on Gemma, this would have been a five-star book.
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