Jack in the Green

Jack in the Green

by Charles de Lint
     
 

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Jack in the Green is an original novella, set in the fictional Southwestern desert city of Santo del Vado Viejo, and is available here for the first time in any format.

Best friends Maria and Luz grew up in the barrio and were inseparable until Luz left town to fight against social injustice. They lose track of one another until one day, while at her job

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Jack in the Green is an original novella, set in the fictional Southwestern desert city of Santo del Vado Viejo, and is available here for the first time in any format.

Best friends Maria and Luz grew up in the barrio and were inseparable until Luz left town to fight against social injustice. They lose track of one another until one day, while at her job cleaning rich people's homes, Maria spots Luz among a gang robbing the house next door. Luz later tells Maria that her gang robs from the rich and gives to the poor, like a modern day Robin Hood. Luz says she brought the leader and his men to their city by magic.

Maria isn't sure if she believes that, but she does know that she feels an undeniable romantic connection to their handsome leader, the mysterious Jack Green, and the feeling is mutual. Between her rekindled friendship with Luz and her attraction to Jack, she gets drawn into a life that’s 180 degrees opposite to how she’s been living. But when things go awry, it’s Maria who must pay the final price.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
Renowned urban fantasist de Lint (the Newford series) fumbles this attempt to bring Robin Hood into the barrio. Desperate to save her neighborhood from drug cartels, Luz Chaidez summons a legendary hero: Jack Green, red-haired archer from forests of myth. Luz’s old friend Maria Martinez wants nothing to do with gangs or violence, but she’s drawn to Luz by magic, and to Jack by sexual desire. Maria encourages Jack and his bandits to turn away from targeting avaricious bankers and malign plutocrats, and instead to address problems closer to home. Maria and Luz, though ostensibly the heroines, are eventually pushed aside to give Jack and gangster Pena a posturing macho confrontation between Anglo-Saxon heroism and Latino villainy. Readers will cringe at the stereotypical representations of Latinas, their reliance on the “casual cruelty” of a white male savior, and preening banditos drawn straight from B-movies. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045111652
Publisher:
Charles de Lint
Publication date:
11/24/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
985,094
File size:
219 KB

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Meet the Author

Charles de Lint is the much beloved author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children's books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, White Pine, Crawford, and Aurora awards. The first book of the Wildlings trilogy, Under My Skin, won the 2013 Aurora Award for Young Adult Fiction. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. De Lint and his wife, MaryAnn Harris, a fellow artist and musician, recently released companion CDs of their original songs, samples of which can be heard on de Lint’s website. They live in Ottawa, and their respective websites are www.charlesdelint.com and www.reclectica.com.

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