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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles de Lint Narrator: Kate Readin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Newford Series Release Date:
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In his stunning novels of magic and danger in the modern world, Charles de Lint has brought an entire imaginary North American city to vivid life: Newford, where magic lights the dark streets, myths walk clothed in modern shapes, and a broad cast of extraordinary people work to keep the whole world turning. At the center of it all stands a young artist named Jilly Coppercorn, with her tangled hair and paint-splattered jeans, whose paintings capture the hidden beings that dwell in the city’s shadows.

Now, at last, de Lint tells Jilly’s own story; for behind the painter’s fey charm lies a dark secret that she’s labored to forget. “I’m the onion girl,” Jilly Coppercorn says. “Pull back the layers of my life, and you won’t find anything at the core. Just a broken child. A hollow girl. She’s very, very good at running—but the past has come to claim her now.”

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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

  • “[A] fascinating blend of urban faerie and dreamworld adventures…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.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A master storyteller, [de Lint] blends Celtic, Native American, and other cultures into a seamless mythology that resonates with magic and truth.”

    Library Journal

  • “What makes de Lint’s particular brand of fantasy so catchy is his attention to the ordinary. Like great writers of magic realism, he writes about people in the world we know, encountering magic as a part of that world. Fairy tales come true, and their magic affects realistic characters full of particular lusts and fears.”


  • A 2002 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donna Harper | 2/17/2014

    " Totally enjoyed the audiobook version! Highly recommend for a good read! Lots of imaginative goings-on that make you think you can really do some of these things! I felt like I was really there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie | 2/17/2014

    " None write urban fantasy quite like de Lint. One chapter is filled with the magical mystery of the otherword while the next has all the hard grit of street life. Somehow de Lint manages to weave the two into a riveting narrative. Although I didn't love the audiobook version, I simply couldn't stop listening to this novel. I was so intrigued by the two sisters who started life in the same abusive family but whose life choices drove them in completely different directions. Through the mystical workings of Fate (also called Choice) their paths convene once again with the possibility of second chances for both. The emotional and mystical depth of the book is astounding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dominique | 2/10/2014

    " A great novel! As usual. Charles de Lint is one of my all-time favorite authors. I read this book about 10 years ago and it was lovely to read through it again. I just wish I could visit all the places mentioned in the book. Oh to be able to see more than what I "see" every day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dianne Maythorne | 1/27/2014

    " Anything written by Charles De Lint is worth the read. He is truly talented and reaches places in the heart that few authors can. I once wrote to him thanking him for his work and he was kind enough to send me a lovely, personalized note in return. A gentleman and a true talent...... "

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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.