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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: January 2010 ISBN: 9781455194995
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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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/25/2014

    " I've always heard of Charles De Lint but never read any of his books (that I can remember) until this one. It's his latest adult novel and luckily a stand-alone. Grace is in an unusual position because she's dead. But she learns that she can cross over twice a year and return home. She does, and finds herself in love with John, and living life like she never did when she was alive. And so Grace and her best dead friend decide to figure out why they are stuck in the afterlife. With a little bit of luck, a lot of faith, and some magic, Grace straightens things out, but not without a lot of philosophy. Honestly, my attention wandered in the last half of the book because I didn't like all the discussions about the afterlife, blah, blah, blah. I want action! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corrine | 1/23/2014

    " This is, by far, one of my most favorite books, even if the ending is a bit rough on the heart. Beautifully written, well thought out, and full of mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willa Grant | 1/20/2014

    " I actually didn't like this book, but I couldn't stop reading it. It was very compelling & well written but rather depressing. I generally like this author because after reading something of his I feel more hopeful about life. This book did not make me feel hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess Macallan | 1/18/2014

    " I love de Lint's writing style. His storylines are intriguing, and his characters are easy to become attached to. Grace was no exception. This book had an interesting take on the afterlife, and I thoroughly enjoy his characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora | 1/11/2014

    " I have a new favorite author! I know I'm late to the Charles de Lint bandwagon, but at least I've jumped on! I so enjoyed this story of a woman finding her strength and love. I'll read anything this man writes and now I have a delicious 30 some years of his writing to read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 1/11/2014

    " This had a slow start. A longish intro before I got into the story. I listened to it and found it a bit disconcerning to switch narrator voices. Didn't like it as much as some of this other stories. But still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 9/29/2013

    " Too much pipe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 9/25/2013

    " Oh Charles de Lint....another homerun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 8/30/2013

    " Wonderful new book by Charles de Lint. The world Grace finds herself in was visited by Jilly in a past novel. I love how Charles de Lint finds ways to have cameo appearances and revisits past settings. It is a treat for long time readers and his novels stand alone as well for new readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miranda | 11/11/2012

    " Meh. Charles de Lint, I love you, but this book was meh. Felt like the characters were just telling me the story, instead of anything being shown through action or subtle at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/12/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book, and will tell my friends to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamy | 8/23/2012

    " From the very begining this book grabbed my attention and kept it. I don't normally enjoy "Fantacy Fiction" but I'm REALLY glad I gave it a chance... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 7/18/2012

    " Read from 3/30 to 4/1. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca R.G. | 4/15/2012

    " Not quite as enthralling as most of his books. Part of it was that we hardly got to know Gracie--we were told a lot about her, but not shown much at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 3/2/2012

    " Another great read from Charles de Lint, with all the things you'd expect--influences from various mystical traditions, strong and non-traditional women, lots of music references, and a fascinating premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 12/3/2011

    " A captivating book on the mystery of death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/20/2011

    " Great book. I still think the title was a little cheesy, but that doesn't take away from the quality of the writing. DeLint usually has very dense books that are sometimes a challenge to try and undertake, but The Mystery of Grace was a distinct change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsie | 7/3/2011

    " This is hands down by far my favorite book of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 4/22/2011

    " Reading this book made me want to find more by Charles deLint. Very little in our library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 4/20/2011

    " Very slow and thoughtful with little to no action whatsoever. The story was just tedious. There were some interesting ideas here, but the execution was pretty awful. Definitely not something I'd recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/6/2011

    " It was okay. De Lint takes a trip away from his familiar territory of Celtic myth in Canada to explore ghosts in the American southwest. It was a fine read, but didn't wow me. I think I'm just getting a bit bored with De Lint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamy | 4/4/2011

    " From the very begining this book grabbed my attention and kept it. I don't normally enjoy "Fantacy Fiction" but I'm REALLY glad I gave it a chance... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 1/8/2011

    " Interesting concept and story! Warning; a little sex. "

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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.

About the Narrators

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.

Tai Sammons earned her degree in theater from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where she worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This award-winning actress currently resides upstate in Portland, with her beloved black pug, Oscar.