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Peter S. Beagle. Tachyon, $15.95 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-61696-244-9

Renowned fantasy author Beagle (The Last Unicorn) recasts a primeval myth in this 21st-century hymn to Persephone, set in the islands off West Seattle and celebrating the cyclic changing of seasons, relationships, and the life of the planet itself. Retired history professor Abe Aronson and his longtime lover, Joanna Delvecchio, encounter an enigmatic young beauty, Lioness Lazos, waitressing in a local diner. Abe offers her his old garage as a temporary home. From the moment she becomes part of their lives, changes—some miraculous, some devastating—begin affecting Abe and Joanna. Lioness’s presence inspires Abe to fulfill his cherished dream of playing second harmonica with a small jazz band and Joanna to learn the dicey sport of kayaking, even though she can’t swim. As their heady summer phases into early autumn, Lioness’s mysterious husband appears on the ferry from Seattle, bringing with him the chilly and inevitable resolution to Beagle’s strange and lovely lyric vision. (Sept.)