The Onion Girl

  • by Charles de Lint
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his stunning works of magic and danger in the modern world, Charles de Lint has brought an entire imaginary North American city to vivid life: Newford, where magic lights the dark streets, myths walk clothed in modern shapes, and a broad cast of extraordinary people work to keep the whole world turning. At the center of it all stands a young artist named Jilly Coppercorn, with her tangled hair and paint-splattered jeans, whose paintings capture the hidden beings that dwell in the city's shadows.Now, at last, de Lint tells Jilly's own story; for behind the painter's fey charm lies a dark secret that she's labored to forget. "I'm the onion girl," Jilly Coppercorn says. "Pull back the layers of my life, and you won't find anything at the core. Just a broken child. A hollow girl. She's very, very good at running - but the past has come to claim her now."

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It was OK

Very long and drawn out...the end was unsatisfying... but if you stay with it, it does have something to say. Its about how we become the person we choose to be. Every decision you make sends your life path in a new direction. Sometimes good, sometimes not good. And only you havethe power to change your path. The story was painful to hear in some places, speaks of child abuse and neglect. It made me cry.
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- S. Walker

Suprising

I have never read anything by Charles De Lint prior to listening to The Onion Girl. It is a very good book. I was suprised at how well he mixed the faerie world into what would be considered our world. The book is dark and I saw in the reviews that it was very depressing and hard to read. I would say while it is a book that deals with dark issues it is one of hope and redemtion. You do have to stick with it to get to the hope and redemption.

The book deals with issues of sexual abuse, at times graphically but not pornagraphically so. It also deals with children living on the streets and the years work those who go through these experiences spend on healing and coping with the mental trauma related. I was nervous to read this because I have a very hard time when these issues are dealt with in a trite, superficial, or inaccurate manner. I am not an expert but did work in social work with these issues for a few years and found De Lint's interpretation to be believable and in a way healing. Many people who deal with childhood trauma turn to fantasy and science fiction as a release to live in another world. I was impressed with De Lint.

Apart from the topic, I also found the Onion Girl to be well written and captivating. It is a very interesting story that keeps you intrigued. I highly recommend this book
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- Steph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.