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Magic Street, the much-anticipated urban fantasy from Orson Scott Card, is set in Baldwin Hills, an upper-middle-class African-American suburb of Los Angeles, and features an enigmatic black protagonist -- as well as supernatural characters from Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream.
When Cecil "Ceese" Tucker finds an abandoned newborn baby in a grocery bag in a city park, he unknowingly sets in motion of series of events that will change his neighborhood forever. He brings the baby to Ura Lee Smitcher, an unmarried nurse who lives nearby; she promptly adopts the child, names him Mack Street, and, with the help of Ceese, raises him. As Mack grows up, he realizes that he is fundamentally different: He has the ability to see other people's dreams, to know their deepest desires. When he discovers a portal into another world -- the realm of Faerie -- he begins to understand his mysterious origins and his bizarre role in an ongoing battle between Oberon and Titania, the king of the fairies and his estranged wife. When Oberon begins tormenting the people of Baldwin Hills by manifesting twisted versions of their dreams, Mack and his friends must somehow find a way to defeat an immortal…
Fans of Card's previous works (Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, the Alvin Maker saga, et al.) will surely enjoy this magic-filled fantasy, which is powered by a cast of compelling and truly unique urban characters -- Puck, a "big Rastafarian fairy"; Yolanda White, the motorcycle-riding hoochie mama; and the preacher Wordsworth "Word" Williams, to name a few. Paul Goat Allen