This is reprint of an early Newford anthology with most of
the entries having been written in the mid to late
1990s; "If I Close My Eyes Forever" and "In the Land of
the Unforgiven" are brand new entries. Each well written
tale brings to life the common theme of social justice for
even the fringe. As always the tales come from the
perspective of those either at the bottom rung or in the
ooze below the food chain instead of the power brokers.
Thus the audience sees Newford in a different light than
typically seen (while politicians at all levels and both
parties rapture culpability on TV, those left
behind "starred" in the pictures on the news during
Katrina); fascinatingly this also may leave the tales'
protagonists in jeopardy of being put away for not seeing
the proper light, in this case the magic of the city.
MOONLIGHT & VINES is Charles de Lint at his social
conscience best, but done in an entertaining slice at life.
Familiar to Charles de Lint's ever-growing audience as the setting of the novels Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and many others, Newford is the quintessential North American city, tough and streetwise on the surface and rich with hidden magic for those who can see.
In the World Fantasy Award-winning Moonlight and Vines, de Lint returns to this extraordinary city for another volume of stories set there, featuring the intertwined lives of many characters from the novels. Here is enchantment under a streetlamp: the landscape of our lives as only Charles de Lint can show it.