Promises to Keep - Charles de Lint

"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 and swap it for the “best of Newford” collection that he’d contracted with me. 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

Rate this book


Release date: September 25, 2007
Genres: fantasyurban fantasy
Average rating: 8.00/10
Total ratings: 1
Updated: August 24, 2021

Newford :: Series

Related series Moonheart

The Dreaming Place
Ghosts of Wind and Shadow
Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair
Our Lady of the Harbour
Paperjack
From a Whisper to a Scream
The Wishing Well
Dreams Underfoot
I'll Be Watching You
Memory and Dream
The Ivory and the Horn
Trader
Someplace to Be Flying
Moonlight and Vines
Forests of the Heart
The Onion Girl
Seven Wild Sisters
Tapping the Dream Tree
Spirits in the Wires
Medicine Road
The Blue Girl
Widdershins
Promises to Keep
Old Man Crow
Dingo
Muse and Reverie
The Wind in His Heart