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The Onion Girl (Newford) Hardcover – October 19, 2001

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Life is truly an act of magic in Canadian author de Lint's triumphant return to Newford, his fictitious North American city, with its fascinating blend of urban faerie and dreamworld adventures. When Jilly Coppercorn becomes a victim of a hit-and-run driver, her happy life as a popular Newford artist comes to a screeching halt. Half of her body, including her painting hand, no longer works properly, and the prospect of a long recovery, despite supportive friends, depresses her. Her dreams - the only escape she enjoys - connect her to friend Sophie's dreamland of Mabon. Another friend, of otherworldly origin, Joe Crazy Dog, calls it manido-aki, a place where magic dwells amid mythic creatures and e-landscapes far away from the World As It Is. Joe also knows that's where Jilly must heal what has broken inside herself to speed recovery of her physical body. Complications ensue when her friends discover that someone broke into the artist's apartment after the accident and destroyed her famous faerie paintings. De Lint introduces yet another intriguing character, the raunchy, wild and furious Raylene, as dark as Jilly is light, who deepens the mystery. Is she Jilly's shadow self, or a connection to a past Jilly would rather forget? This crazy-quilt fantasy moves from the outer to the inner world with amazing ease and should satisfy new and old fans of this prolific and gifted storyteller, whose ability to peel away layers of story could earn him the title "The Onion Man." (Nov. 1).
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Jilly Coppercorn, a talented painter whose works reveal the hidden life of the magical Canadian town of Newford, lies in a hospital, the victim of an apparent car accident. As her friends gather around her, Jilly's own story comes to the fore, filled with the mysteries and secrets she has hidden from herself as well as from others. Continuing his series of novels set in a modern world that borders on a dimension of myth and legend, de Lint (Moonheart) highlights the life of one of his most popular characters. A master storyteller, he blends Celtic, Native American, and other cultures into a seamless mythology that resonates with magic and truth. A good selection for most fantasy collections.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books; 1st edition (October 19, 2001)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 508 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312873972
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312873974
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.95 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.38 x 1.58 x 9.68 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 149 ratings

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Charles de Lint and his wife, MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with their little dog Johnny Cash. His evocative novels, including Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and The Wind in His Heart have earned him a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary mythic fiction. In 2018 he was given a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Liz de Jager
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant performance....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 27, 2001
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Onion Girl - reconmended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bellissimo romanzo, da tradurre in italiano!
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