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Subject: Can't remember the title..or author
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 8:40 PM ET
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I'm hoping you fantastic people can help me remember the title or author of a book that I read about a year ago and haven't been able to find since. 

The one I read I believe was part of a series that involved a female artist and her friends who lived in a small town in modern america.  They had some kind of dream worl that some of them went to, but it wasn't just dreaming it was it's own entire world.  In the book I read the artist had her studio destroyed and was injuried (I think in a car accident) and had a hard time coming back to the real world.  The book included flash backs into the artist's life as well as her trips to the dream world.

 Oh I also remember her best friend could visit the dream world and had a fiance/boyfriend that was only in the dream world...if that helps

Any hints would be helpful,  I keep checking these message boards but so far no luck.

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 10:49 PM ET
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Is this it?

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780451212030-Private+Pleasures

 

 

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 11:19 PM ET
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No similar idea though,  plus that one sounds interesting! 

This book did have some native american folklore to it , and something to do with "crow boys" who were people in real life and in her dream world ???

lol I realize my description makes this book sound a little crazy, but it was so good and I would love to read the rest of the series. Thanks for taking the time to post a possibility...

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 11:31 PM ET
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If the crow girls were in it, then it must have been one of Charles de Lint's Newford books. I have read a lot of the books and short stories, and they are all loosely connected, and are full of native american images and artists. I'm 99% sure he's the author you're talking about.
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 11:37 PM ET
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Very close and I'm going to have to order some of those but still not right.  The crow boys were 2 males who are troublemakers.    I remember the main character mainly paints and a lot of her pictures are of people/places in the dream world and someone destroys her studio while she is in the hospital after getting hit by a car...

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 11:49 PM ET
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I'm 99% sure it's The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint. The plot you describe above is pretty much exactly it.

 

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 11:51 PM ET
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That is it!!!! Oh my goodness you have completely made my day!!!! I'm sorry to reallylily, I should have combed through his books more throughly.  Thank's again, I'm so excited to read it again!

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 12:02 AM ET
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There's a sequel (of sorts) to The Onion Girl that is called Widdershins - it was great, too!
Date Posted: 3/11/2009 12:04 AM ET
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You're very welcome!!  I love Charles de Lint, too.