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Lisa Goldstein is the author of seven widely acclaimed novels, including The Dream Years, A Mask for the General, Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon, Tourists, Summer King, Winter Fool, and Dark Cities Underground, as well as numerous works of short fiction, recently collected in the anthology Travellers in Magic. Goldstein lives in Oakland, California.

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The basis of some of the world's most enduring myths is explored in this new novel from Goldstein (winner of an American Book Award for her fantasy novel The Red Magician, 1982). Journalist Ruth Berry is working on a biography of E.A. Jones, beloved author of The Adventures of Jeremy in Neverwas, a classic series of children's books based on stories that Jones's son, Jeremy, told her about the imaginary Land of Neverwas. Now in his 50s, Jeremy "Jerry" Jones remembers little of his childhood, but Ruth's questions stir up a batch of old memories. Ruth isn't the only one dredging up the past: mysterious Barnaby Sattermole insists that Neverwas and its inhabitants are quite real, and he wants Jerry to show him the entrance, said to be someplace underground, in the World Below. As Ruth and Jerry delve deeper, they uncover links between the plot of the Neverwas series and Egyptian myths: specifically, how the god Osiris was killed by his brother Set and then restored to life by Isis. Ruth begins to wonder if many of the best-known children's books might actually be based on places and events in Neverwas. When Sattermole kidnaps Ruth's daughter, Gilly, Ruth and Jerry must enter the World Below to find the Eye of Horus, the key to Neverwas. The novel moves rapidly, building momentum as each secret is revealed. The narrative feels overplotted, however, and the characters not as full-blooded as those in some previous Goldstein books. Still, the story's premise, and the questions that arise from it, should keep readers involved. (June)

"Unlike most of today's fantasy literature, Goldstein's work does "not" remind the reader of other books: it is truly original, and has a clear, distinct voice of its own. Highly recommended."--"Starlog"

"The best in fantasy come from Lisa Goldstein. Goldstein is one of the finest talents in any genre today."--R"ocky Mountain News"

Unlike most of today's fantasy literature, Goldstein's work does "not" remind the reader of other books: it is truly original, and has a clear, distinct voice of its own. Highly recommended. "Starlog" The best in fantasy come from Lisa Goldstein. Goldstein is one of the finest talents in any genre today. "Rocky Mountain News""


Unlike most of today's fantasy literature, Goldstein's work does not remind the reader of other books: it is truly original, and has a clear, distinct voice of its own. Highly recommended. Starlog The best in fantasy come from Lisa Goldstein. Goldstein is one of the finest talents in any genre today. Rocky Mountain News"

"Unlike most of today's fantasy literature, Goldstein's work does not remind the reader of other books: it is truly original, and has a clear, distinct voice of its own. Highly recommended." --Starlog"The best in fantasy come from Lisa Goldstein. Goldstein is one of the finest talents in any genre today." --Rocky Mountain News

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