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The Uncertain Places
The Uncertain Places

The Uncertain Places


240 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Mobipocket, $9.95 (US $9.95) (CA $10.99)

Publication Date: June 2011

ISBN 9781616960537

Rights: WOR

Tachyon Publications (Jun 2011)

Price: $9.95
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"Lisa Goldstein is the perfect born storyteller." —Diana Wynne Jones, author, The Chronicles of Chrestomanci

An ages-old family secret breaches the boundaries between reality and magic in this fresh retelling of a classic fairy tale. When Berkeley student Will Taylor is introduced to the mysterious Feierabend sisters, he quickly falls for enigmatic Livvy, a chemistry major and accomplished chef. But Livvy’s family—vivacious actress Maddie, family historian Rose, and their mother, absent-minded Sylvia—are behaving strangely. The Feierabend women seem to believe that luck is their handmaiden, even though happiness does not necessarily follow. It is soon discovered that generations previous, the Feierabends made a contract with a powerful, otherworldly force, and it is up to Will and his best friend to unravel the riddle of this supernatural bargain in order to save Livvy from her predestined fate.


"Lisa Goldstein is the perfect, born storyteller." —Diana Wynne Jones

"Lisa Goldstein's work deserves to be celebrated along with that of Alice Walker and Shirley Jackson." —Lucius Shepard, author, Green Eyes and The Golden

"The arrival of a new Goldstein fantasy is a major cause for rejoicing. And The Uncertain Places does not disappoint." —

"Goldstein is in fine form with a darkly compelling modern fairytale." — (September 2011)

"[Lisa Goldstein is] a clear-eyed fantasist of depth, range and charm." —Kirkus Book Reviews

"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 (August 8, 2011)

"The author of The Red Magician and The Alchemist's Door has written an exquisitely beautiful, eerily compelling modern fairy tale. . . . A treat for fantasy lovers and folk/fairy tale enthusiasts alike." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Goldstein fearlessly rubs the dreamlike logic of fairytales up against stark realism, and each one makes the other more real." —Cory Doctorow,

Author Biography

Lisa Goldstein is the author of nine novels and two short story collections, including The Alchemist’s Door, Dark Cities Underground, and Travelers in Magic. She has published dozens of short stories in magazines such as Interzone and Asimov’s SF and in anthologies including The Norton Book of Science Fiction and The Year’s Best Fantasy. Winner of the American Book Award for The Red Magician, she has published two fantasy novels under the name Isabel Glass and is a founding member of the women’s speculative fiction cooperative, the Brazen Hussies. She lives in Oakland, California.