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By Charles de Lint

When people musician Janey Little reveals a mysterious manuscript in an previous trunk in her grandfather's cottage, she is swept right into a harmful realm either unusual and widely used. yet precise magic lurks in the pages of The Little Country, drawing actual chance from around the oceans into Janey's existence, impelling her--armed basically along with her music--toward a terrifying confrontation.

Come stroll the mist-draped hills of Cornwall, come stroll the traditional status stones. take heed to the fiddles, and the wind, and the ocean. Come step with Janey Little into the pages of...The Little Country.

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