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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 Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Newford Series Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781455191079
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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.”

    Booklist

  • A 2002 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kandice | 1/22/2014

    " Absolutely LOVE Charles de Lint. One of the best fantasy writiers, in my opinion, who combines mythologies from all different cultures to create his world of fantasy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Elwood | 1/17/2014

    " A beautiful story that brings a poignant light to the character of Jilly Coppercorn. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wealhtheow | 10/24/2013

    " The problem with De Lint is he's just not nearly as imaginative as he thinks he is. His "flights of fancy" are flat and derivative at best. Even worse, in my mind; he can't write believable dialog, friendships, or young people. At all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 8/16/2013

    " The Onion Girl hit close to home for me. That made it hard to take, and I had to put it down several times. Am not usually a reader of fantasy fiction but this book doesn't really feel all that unrealistic. Pretty quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara | 8/11/2013

    " too confusing and hard to follow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 8/8/2013

    " You'll fall in love with Jilly if this is the first Charles DeLint you've ever read. If not, you already love her from previous stories. This one focuses on Jilly and you will not regret picking it up. Also be sure to follow-up with Widdershins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 8/6/2013

    " Charles de Lint's characters are beautifully earthy and ethereal "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Bennick | 5/30/2013

    " The first book I ever read of De Lint's. This is the one that got me started. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Jewett | 3/20/2013

    " Was listening to this on my computer, and there was an error a couple of hours into it. I decided I wasn't interested enough to try to recover the file... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Minsma | 8/15/2012

    " One of his best, imo. The ending isn't truly resolved until his novel, Widdershins, but was still satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 4/13/2012

    " This is by far one of my favorite books. I have a lot of personal reasons for loving the storyline but there is a pull to Jilly that I can never seem to escape. This is one book that I can happily read over and over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wm | 3/10/2012

    " Another one of those novels where I very much liked the concept, the tone and even the characters, but there was just something a bit off that kept me from falling in love with it. I feel the same way about American Gods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 7/23/2011

    " Charles De Lint is amazing. His stories become so real and make it easier to believe that magic exists in our everyday world. He is so talented and able to write women to perfection! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jte argent | 6/15/2011

    " Wonderful book! The over-lap of the mundane world with the world of faerie is magnificient! What an absolutely great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yancy | 5/12/2011

    " About 50 pages in, I almost gave up on this book. The subject matter was sometimes disturbing. But the description of the dreamlands kept me going and I'm so glad. This is a beautiful book, despite the dark history of the main character. Magical and lovely - and the ending leaves you with hope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merriwether | 5/5/2011

    " Charles de Lint has done it again! I love all of his work and the Newford stories the best. I am glad that this book met all the expectations and beyond of what I want when I buy a deLint book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamputhoff | 3/27/2011

    " First De Lint and I was hooked... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/23/2011

    " Was listening to this on my computer, and there was an error a couple of hours into it. I decided I wasn't interested enough to try to recover the file... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne - The Book Squirrel | 3/15/2011

    " This is the third Charles di Lint I have listened to - I downloaded from audible. The Narrator is lovely to listen too so that helps the story flow. This tell the story of Gilly Copperfield as she recovers from a car hit and run and her story into the the dreamlands. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 korey | 2/28/2011

    " 3 1/2 stars. Interesting read but the story ran a bit long. Really liked the characters and imagery. I'll read more of his stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 2/5/2011

    " The first book I ever read of De Lint's. This is the one that got me started. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 1/22/2011

    " I've been meaning to try this author for a good long while, and I'm glad I did. I think I would like to read more. This novel is a fantasy, but like the best fantasy, it's deeply entrenched in reality. In this case, some of worst symptoms of reality, actually. But it stays hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Satyrblade | 1/2/2011

    " Damn good book... but best if you've read at least a third of his other Newford books first. Folks who start here will probably feel lost. "

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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 Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.