Charles de Lint's stories of Newford and the magic that permeates reality blend Native American and European myth and legend. Jilly Coppercorn is one of de Lint's most popular characters; this is her story.
But as with all De Lint books, the issues are tackled with a warmth and sensitivity only this writer can muster and there is always the support of the main protagonists family of choice and a bit of the other-worldly to help our heroine out.
There is a bit of a family re-union feel to the book that leaves me worrying that the writer is bidding farewell to the residents of Newford. I sincerely hope this is not the case.
This was definately worth paying import prices for and a must buy for those readers familiar with the writers novels and short stories. If you are a De Lint newbie, check out the earlier books before starting this one - knowing the characters will double the pleasure of this gem of a book
'The Onion Girl' is one of his books based in Newford and involves many of the characters who appear in his other stories. His writing is like a form of weaving such that there are many strands of his other stories that touch this one but the way he introduces them in this story is from another angle so it builds on what you already know about them.
Charles de Lint shows how Jilly Coppercorn's, (the central character), life has been shaped by the choices she has made, by goodness and by her experience of Faerie. One of the recurrent themes of this book is the importance of fairy tales, of magical stories that help us to believe in something bigger than ourselves, that help us believe in the possibility of transformation and change even when we have experienced the most horrendous of childhoods.
Charles de Lint's writing is very rich and he offers a source of inspiration for anyone who feels a spiritual bond with indigenous or traditional worldviews.
It is a heartbreaking story because of its "realness". Read more