Reviews for Mystery of Grace
Booklist Reviews 2009 March #2
Grace Quintero works at Sanchez Motor Works, customizing hot rods. Her whole world consists of her apartment building, the grocery store, the library, the record shop, and the local music hall. She misses her grandfather, the only person she was close to. She meets John at the music hall one night and has a feeling that they might have a relationship, not just a hookup. But thereâ€™s one problem. Grace is dead and trying to adjust to her â€œlifeâ€ as a ghost. De Lintâ€™s skillful depiction of people trying to resolve unfinished business, develop the courage to let some things go, and distinguish between the two draws the reader into a world that is neither life nor death. We agonize, in the classic sense, along with Grace and root for her resolution. This is a stand-alone work, unconnected to anything else de Lint has done before, but it should please his regular readers, and perhaps fantasy fans in general, no end. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2009 January #1
Boy meets girl. Girl is dead. Can love survive?John Burns wakes up in bed next to Grace and, feeling more connected to her than to a usual one-night stand, he shares a dark confession: He feels responsible for the death of his brother Tim many years ago. Grace sympathetically offers to hear the whole story, right after she goes to the bathroom. Then she vanishes, and John wonders whether it was all a dream. His pal Danny confirms that Grace existed, and John aches to find her. Thus an unconventional romance begins, told from alternating perspectives. Altagracia "Grace" Quintero, an enthusiastic mechanic, is shot twice in the chest by a junkie at a 7-Eleven. Like John, she identifies her otherworldly experience as a dream, until a friendly fellow resident of the other side named Edna takes her under her wing; Grace even remembers Edna as the victim of a knife attack some time back. The new existence Grace settles into feels like the life she has left behind, though somehow...different. John, an artist, works at a computer-animation company called Wesdanina, with best friends Nina and Wes and Danny; he's melancholy at a Halloween party, thinking of his brother and Grace. Is Halloween a significant piece to this puzzle, he wonders? In the stretches between their random trysts, both probe the natures of their own and their partner's lives.The prolific de Lint (Dingo, 2008, etc.) has an easy but authoritative style that should draw readers into his subtly stylized worlds, where questions of existence and other realms are provocatively pondered.Agent: Russell Galen/Scovil Chichak Galen Literary Agency Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Library Journal Reviews 2009 February #2
Mechanic and old car lover Altagracia "Grace" Quintero falls in love with artist John Burns despite differences that make their relationship all but impossible: they inhabit different worlds, the living world and the "other side." Unlike the author's urban fantasies, this stand-alone work draws from the rich culture of the Southwest as well as the flashy world of antique cars and rockabilly music, with love and loss providing background motifs. An essential purchase that should appeal to a wide readership. [Page 98]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2009 January #2
Prolific Canadian fantasist de Lint, recently focused on YA (Dingo), returns to adult fiction with a supernatural love story set in the American Southwest and an odd afterlife. Following her death, auto restorer Altagracia "Grace" Quintero awakens in a timeless realm inhabited by her recently deceased neighbors. Briefly returned to our world during Halloween night, Grace falls in love with John, a young artist, and he returns the feeling even when he discovers her condition. As the obvious pun in the title indicates, this tale of attachments formed and relinquished is also about belief and hope. De Lint doesn't endorse any particular religious system, but he writes passionately about the individual's ability to discover an effective personal magic. The story develops through comforting, warm compassion to reach the inevitable, mostly satisfying solution. (Mar.) [Page 33]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.