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Tamsin [Paperback]

Peter S. Beagle

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Book Description

Dec 4 2012
Two lonely souls on opposite sides of life and death…

Arriving in the magnificent countryside of Dorset, England, to live with her mother and new stepfather, the young and very American Jenny Gluckstein has little interest in her historic surroundings, including that of the 700 acre Stourhead Farm her stepfather is restoring. Then she meets Tamsin, a kindred spirit that has haunted the lonely estate for 300 years, trapped by a hidden trauma she can't remember, and by a powerful evil even the spirits of night cannot name. To help her, Jenny must delve deeper into the dark world than any human has in centuries, and face a danger that will change her life forever.  

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (Dec 4 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451415221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451415226
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #243,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

Tamsin is a ghost story but, like anything else Beagle has written, transcends its genre. Beagle writes too sparingly for his fans, but he apparently cannot write a bad book.”--The Orlando Sentinel

"Fantasy rarely dances through the imagination in more radiant garb than this."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“If you like ghost stories, if you like tales of boggles and boggarts and things that live just beyond our ken, then Tamsin will satisfy you completely. But be warned, Beagle's characters will stay in your heart forever, and he possesses the damnedest ability to make one cry by the end of the book. What reader can ask for more?”--Crescent Blues

About the Author

Peter S. Beagle, a World Fantasy Award nominee, is the bestselling author of the fantasy classic The Last Unicorn as well as many other highly acclaimed works. His novels and stories have been translated into sixteen languages worldwide, and his long and fascinating career has covered everything from journalism and stage adaptations to songwriting and performances. He has given readings, lectures, and concerts of his own songs from coast to coast, and has written several screenplays, including Ralph Bakshi's film version of The Lord of the Rings.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Ghost Story Dec 18 2013
By E. Lucas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I had only ever read Peter S. Beagle’s “The Last Unicorn,” and didn’t even realize he had so many other books! So I was excited to pick up “Tamsin,” and it was an excellent read—much less lyrical and magical to me than “The Last Unicorn,” but with a wholly distinctive voice and a really good storyline.

Jenny Gluckstein is a typical American teenager—divorced parents, kind of a bad attitude, and struggling to find herself. When her mother becomes engaged to an Englishman named Evan, she finds herself packed up and moved to a dilapidated farm in Dorset, with two stepbrothers and a house full of strange and spooky noises.

At first Jenny is determined to be unhappy, even when her beloved Mister Cat is released from quarantine. But then she meets the lovely, sad, and charming Tamsin Willoughby, a 300-year-old ghost who can’t quit remember all the details of her past and is stuck in between life and death. Tamsin opens up the world of spirits to Jenny—boggarts, pookas, haunted woods, and even the fearsome Wild Hunt. Their friendship is Jenny’s support and she becomes deeper entwined in Tamsin’s past, trying to find out why Tamsin is stuck and what happened to her lover, Edric.

“Tamsin” is both a coming of age story and a good old-fashioned ghost story, enjoyable for both teens and adults. Jenny’s voice is so real and unique it’s like she’s talking straight to you, telling her story, and Judge Jeffrey’s throws an increasingly frightening and tense tone over the latter half of the book. Jenny is also complex, likeable at times and frustrating at others; her family and best friend Meena make excellent supporting characters as well. Sometimes I read a book and wish I had read it as a child, because I know I would have enjoyed the book over and over through the years. This is one of those books.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if meandering Feb. 19 2014
By Jennifer M Owen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Engaging characters, wonderful world. Gets a bit long at the end and the book seems to lose its way but overall a fun read.
5.0 out of 5 stars More Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nov. 21 2013
By Lynn McClure - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book... GREAT author... once I picked it up I couldn't put it down... I've finished it and now I want more...!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome supernatural read! Nov. 12 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is well written and I couldn't put it down! Highly recommend for anyone who loves either a good read or the supernatural.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I do not like to be required for a favor you are asking of me April 12 2014
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked it very much but there seemed to be a sweetness missing cant quite say just what.maybe its me please don't require me to use a certain amount of words its rather rude thank you. SW
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