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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,554 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles de Lint Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia, Tai Sammons Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the Day of the Dead, at the Solona Music Hall, Altagracia Quintero meets John Burns—just two weeks too late.

Grace, as her friends call her, has a Ford Motor Company tattoo running down her leg and grease worked deep into her hands. She works at Sanchez Motorworks customizing hot rods. Finding the line in a classic car is her calling. Now Grace has to find the line in her own life. Grace loves John, and John loves her, and that would be wonderful, except that John, like Grace, has unfinished business: he’s haunted by the childhood death of his younger brother. He’s never stopped feeling responsible. Before their relationship can find its resolution, the two of them will have to teach each other about life and love, about hot rods and Elvis Presley, and about why it’s necessary to let some things go. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “De Lint is a romantic; he believes in the great things, faith, hope, and charity (especially if love is included in that last), but he also believes in the power of magic--or at least the magic of fiction--to open our eyes to a larger world.”

    Edmonton Journal

  • “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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tai Sammons and Paul Garcia share narration duties for both Grace’s and John’s point of view. Sammons has a warm, rich voice; her Grace is tough, smart, and likable, while her John is tender and reserved. Garcia’s gentle tenor has sharp edges that keep one riveted. Between them, they make this a charming love story.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane | 2/12/2014

    " This was an unusual story in that the main character is dead, but I liked how the author wove a story about her and her relationship with the living. I'm not big into cars or vintage car repair, so some parts dragged a bit, but aside from that, it was a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gina Beirne | 2/6/2014

    " Not what I thought it was going to be, but I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Audrey Lambert | 2/3/2014

    " Very interesting take on the afterlife. Great, easy read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Clarice | 1/27/2014

    " Not sure what to make of this story. I'm going to have to do this review later once I wrap my head around it. "

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About the Author
Author Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint has helped to popularize the genres of urban fantasy and mythic fiction and has earned a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction in the tradition of storytellers like John Crowley, Jonathan Carroll, Alice Hoffman, Ray Bradbury, and Isabel Allende. Many of his novels, including  Dreams Underfoot, Memory and Dream, The Onion Girl, and Widdershins are set in the mythical North American city of Newford. He and his wife, artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.