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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (May 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451415221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451415226
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #437,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Young New Yorker Jenny Gluckstein must move with her mother and her beloved pet Mister Cat to live with her new stepfather and stepbrothers in the English countryside. Once there, she is surprised to discover an exciting (and often frightening) shadowy spirit world that will forever change her.

Tamsin was such a lovely surprise. A book I almost didn't get, clumped in with bunch of other books I'd been dying to read; it wound up being my favourite of the lot. I'd been hesitant because, knowing it was a classic of the fantasy genre, and having read many rave reviews, I'd already read Peter S. Beagles The Last Unicorn; however, in spite of (or perhaps because of) this, ultimately, it hadn't quite lived up to my expectations. I thought the writing was wonderful, I just didn't really connect with any of the characters. Having said that, because Mr. Beagle is such a legend, I decided to give him another try, and boy am I happy I did! Tamsin wound up being completely and utterly gorgeous, and perhaps the thing I wound up loving most about it (besides Jenny's unique voice, which, in my opinion, is the best use of first-person narration since Dodie Smith's classic I Capture The Castle) was the setting. The modern time period, in combination with the authors flowing, classic writing style, was delightful. And because Jenny's voice felt so real, and her world was in many ways very similar to my own; I felt it made the fantastical elements that much stronger, and unnerving.. If, for example, while I had been reading it, a boggart had appeared in my kitchen, or a ghost had sat down on the end of my bed, I'm sure I wouldn't have been surprised at all...
All in all, I thought it was absolutely fantastic, and definitely worthy of five stars.
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Awesome supernatural read! Nov. 12 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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...!!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The relationship between the main character and her cat is funny and believable Aug. 27 2014
By Alex Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well written, polished ghost story. The characters come alive effortlessly--even those and perhaps especially those who are somewhat less than alive. The relationship between the main character and her cat is funny and believable. In fact, one of the best things about this book is the simple and matter of fact way that the supernatural is presented. A first rate read.
Superb ghost tale June 3 2015
By Lucy - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm working on getting a copy of every Beagle novel on my bookshelves. I had not read this one before. Beagle has a masterful hand at blending fantasy with realistic touches, drama, and humor.

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