Dingo ), returns to adult fiction with a supernatural love story set in the American Southwest and an"/>

The Mystery of Grace

Charles de Lint, Author . Tor $24.95 (269p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1756-8

Prolific Canadian fantasist de Lint, recently focused on YA (Dingo ), returns to adult fiction with a supernatural love story set in the American Southwest and an odd afterlife. Following her death, auto restorer Altagracia “Grace” Quintero awakens in a timeless realm inhabited by her recently deceased neighbors. Briefly returned to our world during Halloween night, Grace falls in love with John, a young artist, and he returns the feeling even when he discovers her condition. As the obvious pun in the title indicates, this tale of attachments formed and relinquished is also about belief and hope. De Lint doesn't endorse any particular religious system, but he writes passionately about the individual's ability to discover an effective personal magic. The story develops through comforting, warm compassion to reach the inevitable, mostly satisfying solution. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 01/12/2009
Release date: 03/01/2009
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