Puffin Books, Paperback, 9780142406526, 468pp.
Publication Date: August 3, 2006
In the ancient Scottish ballad "Tam Lin," headstrong Janet defies Tam Lin to walk in her own land of Carterhaugh . . . and then must battle the Queen of Faery for possession of her lover's body and soul. In this version of "Tam Lin," masterfully crafted by Pamela Dean, Janet is a college student, "Carterhaugh" is Carter Hall at the university where her father teaches, and Tam Lin is a boy named Thomas Lane. Set against the backdrop of the early 1970s, imbued with wit, poetry, romance, and magic, Tam Lin has become a cult classic and once you begin reading, you ll know why. This reissue features an updated introduction by the book's original editor, the acclaimed Terri Windling.
About the Author
Pamela Dean is the author of The Secret Country trilogy ("The Secret Country, The Hidden Land", and "The Whim of the Dragon"); "Tam Lin; The Dubious Hills; Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary"; and a handful of short stories. She was born in the Midwest of the USA, and aside from a few aberrant periods spent in upstate New York and Massachusetts, she has stubbornly remained there. She attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, which in a somewhat altered state is the setting for her novel "Tam Lin". She lives in a cluttered duplex in Minneapolis with her chosen family and a variable number of cats. She enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, reading, being a part of local science-fiction fandom, and attending the theater. She understands that writers are supposed to have colorful careers, but on the whole she prefers as quiet a life as the family and the cats will permit.