FROM THE BOOK JACKET:Charles de Lint has been writing the archetype of contemporary urban fantasy for twenty five plus years, embodied by over 65 books. You couldn’t find a finer introduction to his writing then The Mystery of Grace. It is a love story, a ghost story, a supernatural mystery and above all a beautiful, heart-wrenching tale of passion and faith.
Three years after his last major adult novel, Charles de Lint returns with a new tale of magic, loss, and redemption, his first book set in the Southwest. Centered on a remarkable female pro¬tagonist and entirely self-contained, this is modern contemporary fantasy as invented and pioneered by de Lint himself.
Altagracia—her friends call her Grace—has a tattoo of Nuestra Senora de Altagracia on her shoulder; she's got a Ford Motor Company tattoo running down her leg; and she has grease worked so deep into her hands that it'll never wash out.
Grace works at Sanchez Motor Works, customizing hot rods. A few blocks around her small apartment building is all her world—from the grocery store where she buys beans, tamales, and cigarettes to the library, the little record shop, and the Solona Music Hall. Which is where she meets John Burns, just two weeks too late.
Grace and John fall for one another, and that would be wonderful, except that they're both haunted by unfinished business. Before their re¬lationship can be resolved, they're both going to have to learn things they don't know about the world of the living and the world beyond. About why it's necessary to let some things go.
Grace is such a vividly rendered character that within chapters you feel you have known her forever. De Lint lovingly shows us Grace’s life, introduces her friends, her hopes, her dreams.
“Tattoos,” Abuelo once said’ “are the stories in your heart, written on your skin.”And then yanks it all away in a senseless death. Be prepared to have your heart squeezed and the emotions run high as you follow Graces’ journey of life after death where there is more than one mystery to be solved and answers to be found.
From her new mysterious plane of existence Grace is able to return the world of the living twice each year for a day. On her very first visit she falls deeply in love with John. The nature of the afterlife microcosm in which Grace and its many residents find themselves forms just one of the many mysteries Grace must solve and resolve to continue with her journey.
“It’s such an astonishing thing, isn’t it?” Nina went on. “To have irrefutable proof that our spirits-our souls-are more than just words.”De Lint is a master at illustrating the purity of spirit and the extraordinary humanity that may lie within the simplest or most ordinary of us as exemplified in The Mystery of Grace. De Lint leaves us with questions and the sense of unknown possibilities. I was both sad and happy for Grace. I was sad that her journey came to an end but happy for sharing the experience. You will be too.