This story is so luminous with inner beauty that you’re surprised it doesn’t glow when you read it. Lil is an old woman who was once a fairy. Her memories of her former life are so vivid and crystalline…and yet she also suffers from moments when she can’t quite seem to remember where she came from.
The mystery of her being, her certainty that she knows the true story of Cinderella are so explicit in detail that you are swept with her into that other world, one she believes exists where New York now stands. The Big Apple itself takes on life and color, becomes a character in this book as much as George and Veronica, the lonely people she becomes determined to pair together. Their yearning to find romance becomes Lil’s quest and how she achieves her goal is as heart warming as it is fearful in its final denouement.
What is Lillian? Is she what she says she is or is she something else? Such a book will polarize readers. Debate about the reality of her inner and outer worlds is sure to rage between people who read the concluding chapter. But whether you believe in Lil or not, this book stands as a tribute to and a brilliant adaptation of the Cinderella fairy tale.
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