Promises to Keep

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Jilly Coppercorn of Newford is back. With the help of a mentor and an anonymous benefactor, the talented young artist has overcome her troubled past and is enrolled in art school. The future is full of bright promise.

Although she still struggles, Jilly feels safe and loved by her newly formed family, including her loyal best friend Geordie, lovely fellow-classmate Sophie Etoile, and her staunch ally, the Angel of Grasso Street. Then, a ...

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Overview


Jilly Coppercorn of Newford is back. With the help of a mentor and an anonymous benefactor, the talented young artist has overcome her troubled past and is enrolled in art school. The future is full of bright promise.

Although she still struggles, Jilly feels safe and loved by her newly formed family, including her loyal best friend Geordie, lovely fellow-classmate Sophie Etoile, and her staunch ally, the Angel of Grasso Street. Then, a tempting opportunity rides into town on an oversized motorcycle....

This original novel both celebrates and journeys beyond Newford, Charles de Lint’s popular mythical city of magic and mayhem.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Equal parts fantasy and gritty realism, Promises to Keep is, above all, an artfully imagined clarion call to embrace the challenges of daily life."
New York Journal of Books

“De Lint returns to Newford and Jilly Coppercorn’s youth.... [D]e Lint presents Jilly’s choices, the memories impelling them, and the solution to the riddle of Donna in his characteristic powerful yet intimate style. Jilly’s reader friends, including those first meeting her, will be more than delighted.”
Booklist

“Lucid writing and well-realized characters.”
Publishers Weekly

“If you are already familiar with Newford’s residents, Promises to Keep provides a lovely glimpse into their past, and how they came to know one another. Readers new to de Lint’s work will find this book an easy introduction to the magical world of Newford. The beautiful cover art was done by Mike Dringenberg, well-known for his work on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.”
Journal of Mythic Arts

“In his novella Promises to Keep Charles de Lint returns to the early days of one of his most beloved Newford characters, Jilly Coppercorn. For fans this will be a delight well worth seeking out, but teen readers who have a chance to read it should not pass it up...a classic peek into the wonder that is Newford.”
Bookslut

“It’s poignant, it’s moving, it makes you want to be a better person, and all in all, it’s pure de Lint.”
SF Site

“It is perfect for those looking for lots of realism in their fantasy, but with a more than a touch of the magical.”
Layers of Thought

“Beautifully written.”
Quill and Ink

“A clear and stunning view revealing the secrets of Newford.”
Fresh Fiction

Library Journal

On Halloween night, 1973, in the town of Newford, Jilly Coppercorn (Widdershins) meets an old friend from her days in the Home for Wayward Girls. Like Jilly, Donna has put her life back together and is eager to show Jilly her rockabilly band and her new home. With the ease of walking through the door of a club on All Hallows Eve, Jilly finds herself in a strange "between world" where the lines between the dead and the living are blurred and the temptation to stay is almost more than she can handle. Returning to one of his most beloved characters, de Lint brings to light another tale of enchantment and mystery, one that explores the choices people make and the promises they choose to keep. Some libraries may find the price prohibitive, but larger libraries or libraries where the author has a significant readership should consider adding this urban fantasy fable to their collection.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616960193
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Series: Newford Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,417,192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles de Lint is the best-selling author of more than seventy adult, YA, and children’s books, including Moonheart, The Onion Girl, Widdershins, Medicine Road, and Under My Skin. He is the recipient of the World Fantasy, YALSA, Crawford, and Aurora awards. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a book review column for Fantasy & Science Fiction.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Very good intro to Newford books

    "Promises to Keep" features many of the main characters used in De Lint's Newford series. It is set in the 70's, and chronologically predates almost all of the other stories. It makes a great introduction to the city. If you are a fan of urban fantasy, it's a must-read.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

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    This is an excellent intelligent Newford tale

    In 1972 on Halloween Eve, Jilly Coppercorn and Donna Birch run into each other on a Newford street. They were friends when both resided at the Tyson County Home for Wayward Girls. Excited Donna, who plays bass, invites Jilly to watch her band Big Earl and His Girls perform at Cool Hand Jukes.

    Jilly's friend Geordie who plays music says there is no such place at the locale described by Donna. He cannot accompany her as he has a gig so Jilly goes to the biker club alone. There she finds the dead relive their lives the way they wished they had the first time. Having overcome addiction and position, Jilly considers staying in what seems like paradise, but has not thought of how she would want her do over especially since this is a one way gig for a person who chooses to cross over btcause there is no return ticket.

    This is an excellent intelligent Newford tale as Jilly reflects back on her bittersweet salad days as J.C. at the Home, her current status, and her future goals. Thought provoking while character driven by Jilly and Donna, fans will ponder choices that people make or have made for them. Although exciting as a supernatural thriller, it is the philosophy of to be or not to be that is the musing.

    Harriet Klausner

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