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Promises to Keep
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With the help of a mentor and an anonymous benefactor, Jilly Coppercorn has overcome abuse, addiction, and a stint in juvie. Though she still struggles to stay clean, she has found safety and love in a newly formed family that includes her loyal best friend, a lovely artist, and her caseworker. Temptation comes knocking, however, when her best friend from the bad old days rides in on a motorcycle and takes Jilly to a beautiful, mysterious city full of wonderful opportunities. It seems perfect at first, until Jilly discovers that it was a one-way trip--and she still has unfinished business in Newford. At turns playful and serious, this urban fantasy introduces de Lint's most enduring character and grapples with the realities of life-changing choices.
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About the Author

Charles de Lint is the best-selling author of more than seventy adult, YA, and children's books, including Moonheart, The Onion Girl, Widdershins, Medicine Road, and Under My Skin. He is the recipient of the World Fantasy, YALSA, Crawford, and Aurora awards. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a book review column for Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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"Easily Canada's top fantasy scribe . . . a major international force in the genre." --"Edmonton Journal" "De Lint's elegant prose and effective storytelling continue to transform the mundane into the magical at every turn." --"Library Journal" "[De Lint] clearly has no equal as an urban fantasist." --"Booklist" "Equal parts fantasy and gritty realism, Promises to Keep is, above all, an artfully imagined clarion call to embrace the challenges of daily life." --New York Journal of Books "De Lint returns to Newford and Jilly Coppercorn's youth.... [D]e Lint presents Jilly's choices, the memories impelling them, and the solution to the riddle of Donna in his characteristic powerful yet intimate style. Jilly's reader friends, including those first meeting her, will be more than delighted." --Booklist "Lucid writing and well-realized characters." --Publishers Weekly "If you are already familiar with Newford's residents, Promises to Keep provides a lovely glimpse into their past, and how they came to know one another. Readers new to de Lint's work will find this book an easy introduction to the magical world of Newford. The beautiful cover art was done by Mike Dringenberg, well-known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman." --Journal of Mythic Arts "In his novella Promises to Keep Charles de Lint returns to the early days of one of his most beloved Newford characters, Jilly Coppercorn. For fans this will be a delight well worth seeking out, but teen readers who have a chance to read it should not pass it up...a classic peek into the wonder that is Newford." --Bookslut "It's poignant, it's moving, it makes you want to be a better person, and all in all, it's pure de Lint." --SF Site "It is perfect for those looking for lots of realism in their fantasy, but with a more than a touch of the magical." --Layers of Thought "Beautifully written." --Quill and Ink "A clear and stunning view revealing the secrets of Newford." --Fresh Fiction "Equal parts fantasy and gritty realism, "Promises to Keep" is, above all, an artfully imagined clarion call to embrace the challenges of daily life." --"New York Journal of Books" "De Lint returns to Newford and Jilly Coppercorn's youth.... [D]e Lint presents Jilly's choices, the memories impelling them, and the solution to the riddle of Donna in his characteristic powerful yet intimate style. Jilly's reader friends, including those first meeting her, will be more than delighted." --"Booklist" "Lucid writing and well-realized characters." --"Publishers Weekly" "If you are already familiar with Newford's residents, "Promises to Keep" provides a lovely glimpse into their past, and how they came to know one another. Readers new to de Lint's work will find this book an easy introduction to the magical world of Newford. The beautiful cover art was done by Mike Dringenberg, well-known for his work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman." --"Journal of Mythic Arts" "In his novella "Promises to Keep" Charles de Lint returns to the early days of one of his most beloved Newford characters, Jilly Coppercorn. For fans this will be a delight well worth seeking out, but teen readers who have a chance to read it should not pass it up...a classic peek into the wonder that is Newford." --"Bookslut" "It's poignant, it's moving, it makes you want to be a better person, and all in all, it's pure de Lint." --"SF Site" "It is perfect for those looking for lots of realism in their fantasy, but with a more than a touch of the magical." --"Layers of Thought" "Beautifully written." --"Quill and Ink" "A clear and stunning view revealing the secrets of Newford." --"Fresh Fiction"

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