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The Mystery of Grace

(2009)
A novel by

 
 
On the Day of the Dead, the Solona Music Hall is jumping. That's where Altagracia Quintero meets John Burns, just two weeks too late.

Altagracia - her friends call her Grace - has a tattoo of Nuestra Señora 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 Motorworks, customizing hot rods. Finding the line in a classic car is her calling.

Now Grace has to find the line in her own life. A few blocks around the Alverson Arms is all her world -- from the little grocery store where she buys beans, tamales, and cigarettes ('cigarettes can kill you,' they tell her, but she smokes them anyway) to the record shop, to the library where Henry, a black man confined to a wheelchair, researches the mystery of life in death - but she's got unfinished business keeping her close to home.

Grace loves John, and John loves her, and that would be wonderful, except that John, like Grace, has unfinished business - he's haunted by the childhood death of his younger brother. He's never stopped feeling responsible. Like Grace in her way, John is an artist, and before their relationship can find its resolution, the two of them will have to teach each other about life and love, about hot rods and Elvis Presley, and about why it's necessary to let some things go.

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"No one does it better." - Alice Hoffman


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Hardback Editions

March 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Mystery of Grace
Author(s): Charles de Lint
ISBN: 0-7653-1756-7 / 978-0-7653-1756-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Mystery of Grace
Author(s): Charles de Lint
ISBN: 0-7653-1757-5 / 978-0-7653-1757-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Audio Editions

May 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Mystery of Grace
Author(s): Charles de Lint
ISBN: 1-4332-9469-9 / 978-1-4332-9469-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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September 2009 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Mystery of Grace (Library Edition)
Author(s): Charles De Lint
ISBN: 1-4332-9466-4 / 978-1-4332-9466-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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September 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Mystery of Grace (Library Edition)
Author(s): Charles De Lint
ISBN: 1-4332-9467-2 / 978-1-4332-9467-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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September 2009 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Mystery of Grace (Library Edition)
Author(s): Charles De Lint
ISBN: 1-4332-9470-2 / 978-1-4332-9470-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Mystery of Grace
Author(s): Charles de Lint
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April 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Mystery of Grace
Author(s): Charles de Lint
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Mystery of Grace
Author(s): Charles de Lint
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

March 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Mystery of Grace
Author(s): Charles de Lint
Publisher: Tor Books
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