This book is a collection of thirteen of Charles de Lint’s short stories. The stories in this collection are set in the American city of Newford, which could just as easily be Pittsburgh, Boston, or even DC. Newford is a rather ordinary city, but one where fantasy blends into reality. There are elves, fairies, Native American spirits, and other whimsical creatures that mingle with everyday people when they are least expecting it.
I thought that this collection was charming and quite beautiful. The author writes like a creative writing prof (not surprising, considering that he is one). That being said, my one critique is that he possibly uses too many artsy characters to be entirely believable. I love artists, but every other character is either an artist or a musician. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for fantasy that reads more like fairy tales than Tolkien.