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The Uncertain Places

Tachyon, dist. by IPG. Jun. 2011. c.240p. ISBN 9781616960148. pap. $14.95. FANTASY
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OrangeReviewStarAccompanying his roommate Ben to the home of Ben's girlfriend, Maddie, Berkeley student Will Taylor falls in love with the Feierabend women. When Will begins dating Livvy, the middle sister, he believes he has found the direction of his life. One morning, however, Livvy fails to wake up, and Will discovers the secret pact at the heart of the family's apparent streak of good luck, a secret with its roots in the forgotten fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. The author of The Red Magician and The Alchemist's Door has written an exquisitely beautiful, eerily compelling modern fairy tale.
VERDICT Graceful storytelling and a knack for making the fantastic all-too-believable make Goldstein's latest novel a treat for fantasy lovers and folk/fairy tale enthusiasts alike.

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