The Uncertain Places

by Lisa Goldstein

In this long-awaited new novel from American Book Award winner Lisa Goldstein, an ages-old family secret breaches the boundaries between reality and magic, revealing the places between them.

When Berkeley student Will Taylor is introduced by his best friend, Ben, to the mysterious Feierabend sisters, Will quickly falls for enigmatic Livvy, a chemistry major, and an accomplished chef. But Livvy’s family—vivacious actress Maddie, family historian Rose, and their mother, absent-minded Sylvia—are behaving strangely. The Feierabend women believe that luck is their handmaiden, and so it is, almost as though they are living in a fairy tale.

But the price for such gifts is extremely high. Will and Ben will unravel the riddle of a supernatural bargain, hoping to save Livvy from what appears to be an inescapable fate.

Reviews

“An exquisitely beautiful, eerily compelling modern fairy tale.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

“Exemplary […] Goldstein is one of fantasy’s most reliable practitioners, and a new novel from her is always a cause for celebration.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Lisa Goldstein is back and at the top of her game.”

Shelf Awareness

“The arrival of a new Goldstein fantasy is a major cause for rejoicing. And THE UNCERTAIN PLACES does not disappoint.”

io9.com

“Goldstein fearlessly rubs the dreamlike logic of fairy tales up against stark realism, and each one makes the other more real.”

BoingBoing.net

“Goldstein is in fine form with a darkly compelling modern fairy tale.”

January Magazine

“It’s an interesting question that Goldstein poses, and there is no easy answer to be found. What constitutes a ‘happy ever after’ for one person may bring misery to another. Perhaps the stories of one continent cannot survive transplantation to another without being somehow changed in the process. No matter how carefully hidden away they might be, sooner or later, as the territory is charted, they’re brought into the light of day. It’s what happens then that Goldstein has so intriguingly explored in this deeply absorbing novel.”

Paper Knife

“Goldstein’s complex and ingenious plot transplants the forest realm of European folktale, where witches grant wishes with strings attached and you’d better be careful which frog you kiss, into the sun-drenched hills of Northern California in the 1970s— and beyond.”

Ursula K. Le Guin, The New York Times bestselling author

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