THE MYSTERY OF GRACE
De Lint is a master
storyteller, and this work
is no exception. His sense
of place is uncannily magical. He
has a knack for writing characters
that will break your heart and the
bittersweet mood of this book is
just perfect. Set in the American
Southwest and populated with
hot-rodders and a rockabilly sound-
track, this is definitely a stand-out
in de Lint's oeuvre.
Altagracia Quintero, Grace to her friends, is covered in ink and motor grease. She's a gearhead who works at a shop that customizes hot rods. Her entire world is contained in the blocks around her apartment building, which includes the Solona Music Hall -- where she meets John Burns.
John and Grace fall hard for each other, which would normally be the end of the story, but here it's just the beginning. Both Grace and John have unfinished business in their pasts, things to learn about the world of the living and the world beyond and about why, sometimes, you have to let things go. (TOR, Mar., 272 pp., $24.95)