Widdershins

Newford

Charles de Lint

Tor Books

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Jilly Coppercorn and Geordie Riddell. Since they were introduced in the first Newford story, "Timeskip," back in 1989, their friends and readers alike have been waiting for them to realize what everybody else already knows: that they belong together. But they've been more clueless about how they feel for each other than the characters in When Harry Met Sally. Now in Widdershins, a stand-alone novel of fairy courts set in shopping malls and the Bohemian street scene of Newford's Crowsea area, Jilly and Geordie’s story is finally being told.

Before it’s over, we’ll find ourselves plunged into the rancorous and sometimes violent conflict between the magical North American “animal people” and the more newly-arrived fairy folk. We’ll watch as Jilly is held captive in a sinister world based on her own worst memories—and Geordie, attempting to help, is sent someplace even worse. And we’ll be captivated by the power of love and determination to redeem ancient hatreds and heal old magics gone sour.

To walk “widdershins” is to walk counterclockwise or backwards around something. It’s a classic pathway into the fairy realm. It’s also the way people often back slowly into the relationships that matter, the real ones that make for a life. In Widdershins Charles de Lint has delivered one of his most accessible and moving works of his career.

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Chapter One
Lizzie Mahone
March 2004
 
The crossroads at midnight. Or at least a crossroads, and while it was long past midnight, it still had the feel of the witching hour about it.
 
If Lizzie Mahone had been superstitious, she might have been more nervous about her car breaking down as it had, here where two county roads crossed in the middle of nowhere with nothing to mark the spot but an enormous old elm tree, half dead from a lightning strike. And the thought still crossed her mind as she got out of the car and popped the hood, her flashlight beam playing over

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Praise for Charles de Lint

“In de Lint’s capable hands, modern fantasy becomes something other than escapism. It becomes folk song, the stuff of urban myth.”
--The Phoenix Gazette on Charles de Lint

“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 on Charles de Lint

“A master storyteller…Blends Celtic, Native American, and other cultures into a seamless mythology that resonates with magic and truth.”
--Library Journal on The Onion Girl

“Like great writers of magic realism, De Lint writes about people in the world we know, encountering magic as part of that world.”
--Booklist on Spirits in the Wires

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About the Author

Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint and his wife, the artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His evocative novels, including Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, and The Onion Girl, have earned him a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction in the manner of storytellers like John Crowley, Jonathan Carroll, Alice Hoffman, Ray Bradbury, and Isabel Allende.

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Widdershins
Charles de Lint

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
May 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765312853
ISBN10: 0765312859
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 560 pages
$27.95

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
June 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765312860
ISBN10: 0765312867
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 560 pages
$19.99

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e-Book Agency
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
June 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429911344
ISBN10: 1429911344
560 pages
$7.99
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