Memory and Dream

Memory and Dream

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Memory and Dream is the story of Isabelle Copley, a young artist who once lived in the bohemian quarter of the northern city of Newford. As a student of Vincent Rushkin, a cruel but gifted painter, she discovered an awesome power - to craft images so real that they came to life. With her paintbrush she called into being the wild spirits of the wood, made her dreams come true with canvas and paint. But when the forces she unleashed brought unexpected tragedy to those she loved, she ran away from Newford, turning her back on her talent - and on her dreams. Now, twenty years later, the power of Newford has reached out to draw her back. To fulfill a promise to a long-dead friend, Isabelle must come to terms with the shattering memories she has long denied, and unlock the slumbering power of her brush. She must accept her true feelings for her newfound lover John Sweetgrass, a handsome young Native American who is the image of her most intense imaginings. And, in a dark reckoning with her old master, she must find the courage to live out her dreams, and bring the magic back to life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 150 x 229 x 25mm | 544g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765316781
  • 9780765316783
  • 461,876

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"In de Lint's capable hands, modern fantasy becomes something more than escapism. It becomes folk song, the stuff of urban myth." --The Phoenix Gazette

"It is hard to imagine urban fantasy done better than it is by de Lint at his best, and this book shows his imagination and craft at their highest levels. . . . Deserves the highest recommendation and the widest readership." --Booklist on Memory and Dream

"A novel of scope and ambition . . . The glamour and wonder of his earliest novels has matured into a book of sophisticated and human concern." --Science Fiction Age on Memory and Dream

"Top form . . . His multi-voiced, time-shifting narrative beautifully evokes a sense of creative community, making it almost possible to believe that the rarified aesthetic atmosphere might well be capable of conjuring up a spirit or two." --Publishers Weekly on Memory and Dream

"Charles de Lint is a master of contemporary fantasy and nowhere is that more apparent than here ... A pleasure to read." --KLIATT on Memory and Dream

"[De Lint] moves gracefully through the borders between reality and imagination, weaving a powerful tale about the relationship between an artist and her work. A strong addition to fantasy collections." --Library Journal on Memory and Dream

"A novel of scope and ambition . . . The glamour and wonder of his earliest novels has matured into a book of sophisticated and human concern." --Science Fiction Age on Memory and Dream

"De Lint is as engaging a stylist as Stephen King, but considerably more inventive and ambitious." --Toronto Globe and Mail
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About Charles de Lint

CHARLES DE LINT and his wife, the artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His evocative novels, including Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and Widdershins, have earned him a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction in the manner of storytellers like John Crowley, Jonathan Carroll, Alice Hoffman, Ray Bradbury, and Isabel Allende.
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Rating details

4,463 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
5 43% (1,935)
4 39% (1,720)
3 15% (682)
2 2% (109)
1 0% (17)
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