This was my first book by Charles de Lint. I liked it and was really interested in his concept of a town where all sorts of unlikely and magical events can and do happen. I liked this book enough to look up and read others in the series. The only thing that stopped me from putting down 4 stars was that I found the telling of the back story became pretty tedious. Switching back and forth between the '70s and the '90s was too long and involved after a time. Other than that, it was a great story. Very creative and engaging.