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Promises to Keep

Promises to Keep

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After Widdershins, I thought I wouldn't write at length about Jilly again. I'd promised one more short story about her for Bill at Subterranean Press, but that would be it. Having left her in a good place at the end of Widdershins, I didn't want to complicate her life yet again, so I planned to set the story earlier in her life, during her first year as a student at Butler University. Except the story grew. I was having too much fun visiting with this younger Jilly, so I asked Bill if I could expand it to a short novel. He agreed, so now I m busily working away on this as-yet-untitled novella. It takes place in 1972 and begins with Jilly getting a surprise visit from an old friend--her only friend--from her runaway days. Interspersed with the main story that leads off from that meeting are flashbacks to pivotal moments in her life: time spent in the Home for Wayward Girls, her life on the street, meeting and working with the Grasso Street Angel, the first time she meets various familiar faces (Geordie, Sophie, etc.), and chronicles how the messed-up street kid she was grew a social conscience, and became the cheerful character we know from later stories. Although the book does deal with some serious subjects, the tone isn't all doom and gloom. And while I hope that those of you familiar with these characters will enjoy this visit with their younger selves, I'm also trying to make it a friendly entry into Newford for new readers. Lastly, I'm delighted to say that Mike Dringenberg--an artist I ve wanted to work with for ages--will be doing the cover. - Charles de Lint

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Hardback Editions

September 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: Promises to Keep
Author(s): Charles De Lint
ISBN: 1-59606-126-X / 978-1-59606-126-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Subterranean
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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Promises to Keep (Newford/Jilly Coppercorn)
Author(s): Charles de Lint
ISBN: 1-61696-019-1 / 978-1-61696-019-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
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Kindle Editions

November 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Promises to Keep
Author(s): Charles de Lint
Publisher: Triskell Press
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