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As a little girl, Rebecca Berlin loved listening to her grandmother, Gemma, tell the fairy tale of Briar Rose. Now, as Gemma lies on her deathbed, a grown-up Rebecca asks her to tell the story one last time. Instead Gemma makes a startling confession that forever changes the fairy tale for Rebecca. Pulling her granddaughter close, Gemma whispers, "I am Briar Rose."

Her family thinks she is delirious. But Rebecca senses Gemma is telling the truth. To prove it, she embarks on a journey from modern-day New York to wartime Poland, to the ruins of a Nazi death camp. What Rebecca discovers there is more than a fairy tale come to life. It is an extraordinary revelation of courage, compassion, and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

©1992 Jane Yolen (P)1996 Recorded Books, LLC

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Awesome rendition

Becca Berlin makes a commitment to her Gemma, who is waiting on the stairs of death, to find the missing puzzle pieces of a childhood fairytale and bring it to reality. Unbeknownst to Becca, this vow sends her on a mysterious voyage, in a faraway land, to uncover the authenticity of her grandmother's rendition of Sleeping Beauty. But when the answers become more questions can she put it all together and find the truth. Yolen writes an effective and heart wrenching story about the trials and tribulations that were endured during one of the darkest times in history, and the LOVE one can have for another.

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not a happy reader

I found it distracting, how much the writer seems to hate women. I expect a female author to create amazing female characters. i felt the author was being catty and petty to the women she wrote. I was disappointed.