SOLSTICE WOOD

When Sylvia Lynn's grandmother calls to tell her that her grandfather has died, she returns to her family's ancestral home, Lynn Hall, in upstate New York, a continent away from where she now lives.

Sylvia's grandmother, Iris, is as lively as ever and insists that Sylvia has come home to stay. It isn't until Sylvia joins the local Fiber Guild that she realizes that her grandmother is much more than she seems. There's a power in the woods surrounding Lynn Hall, one that the Guild seeks to bind through stitch witchery and one to which Sylvia is intimately linked.

McKillip is a master storyteller, able to evoke strange worlds with a turn of phrase. Told from multiple viewpoints, this is a haunting tale of the collision of two worlds and the beginning of a new understanding between them. (Feb., 288 pp., $22.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs