I love Jane Yolen.
The only one of her books I ever read was Briar Rose. Which I may have a copy of, or I may have actually sent it to Stacey, as I'm fairly certain it was a gift for her. I forget things. Degenerative brain disease.
Technically, the book is a Young Adult novel, which in the U.S. means it's better-written, and written at a higher grade level, than novels supposedly aimed at adults. I found this paradox amusing once, but after dealing with the adults those novels are aimed at, it doesn't seem as funny anymore.
Any road up, here's what Kirkus Reviews thought:
The latest in the Fairy Tales series begins with a provocative premise: retelling the story of Sleeping Beauty as a Holocaust memoir. Rebecca Berlin (Becca), the sweet young heroine, fondly recalls the odd version of Sleeping Beauty that her grandmother (Gemma) often told her and her sisters. Although Gemma always identified strongly with Briar Rose, the sleeping princess, no one had thought it anything but a bedtime story--but when a mysterious box of clippings and photos turns up after Gemma's death, hinting that the accepted version of Gemma's origins is untrue, Becca begins tracing the real story, which bears striking resemblances to Gemma's fairy tale. The trail finally leads Becca to the site of an extermination camp in Poland.
Actually, if you hit the link, the review itself is fairly negative, but selective editing is your friend.
Ms. Yolen's site also offers advice from an award-winning, published author, if you're looking for that sort of thing.
There are writers who believe that writing is agony, and that's the best anyone can say of it. Gene Fowler's famous words are quoted all the time: "Writing is easy: all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." Or Red Smith's infamous screed: "There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein."
But by God that's a messy way of working. And blood is extremely hard to get off of white paper.
Personally, I'm not.
About the title: there are people who react badly to portrayals of the Holocaust in fiction, feeling such things lessen the impact of the actual events. Reasonable people can disagree about this.