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Arriving in the English countryside to live with her mother and new stepfather, Jenny has no interest in her surroundings, until she meets Tamsin. Since her death over 300 years ago, Tamsin has haunted the lonely estate without rest, trapped by a hidden trauma she can't remember, and a powerful evil even the spirits of night cannot name. To help her, Jenny must delve deepe ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Firebird
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The story is beautifully written and told from the perspective of a 13-year-old girl who moves with her parents from Manhattan to a sprawling farm house in England.

The house is haunted and inhabited by a ghost named Tamsin, who died more than 300 years ago. Jenny learns a lot about Tamsin and about the period of time she lived in. The story contains interesting historical snippets about the Bloody Assizes of 1685, the brutal and merciless Chief Justice Jeffries of Wem, the Monmouth Rebellion ag
Lis Carey
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-sf, fiction, favorites
I remember being an adolescent girl. That seems normal enough, because I was one for several years. It's a bit scarier that Peter Beagle seems to remember being an adolescent girl.

Jenny Gluckstein is thirteen years old, and living with her divorced mother, a music teacher in New York, and visiting regularly with her father, an opera singer. She's a bit of a misfit at school, which most adolescents are, but she has two friends she spends a lot of time with, and she has a cat, Mister Cat.

And then
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I forget about Peter Beagle, because I don't actually read that much fantasy. He wrote, of course, the fantasy classic "The Last Unicorn," which is a completely lovely book. But Tamsin is genius. It's written from the point of view of a 13 year old girl from New York, Jenny, who has to move to Dorset when her mother remarries. The old farmhouse turns out to be haunted by the gentle ghost of young Tamsin, who died During the Monmouth Rebellion. (Captain Blood readers take note: wicked J ...more
I love, love, love this book. It's a ghost story about Jenny, an American teenager who is transplanted to an old manor in Dorset, England, when her mother remarries. The first-person point-of-view is an interesting switch for Beagle, who writes mostly in the third person, but it's very successful and just as beautifully written as his other books; he gets Jenny's voice just right without losing his usual lyricism. Along with ghosts, there are a myriad of other folklorish creatures, including an ...more
This deserves 4 stars based on the superb writing quality alone. The 8-point font really strained my eyes the whole I was reading this.

It's about 13-year-old Jenny who moves from New York City to Dorset when her mother remarries. She runs into ghosts and other supernatural beings, but it's never scary. The ghost of Tamsin befriends Jenny, who is intensely curious about Tamsin's life and death. Tamsin isn't introduced in the story until about a third of the way through, so it's a lot more than a
Did not finish. I got about half way through it then skimmed to find out the ending. No rating.

The narrator doesn't sound at all like a nineteen year old reminiscing about something that happened when she was thirteen; she sounds about ten or eleven years old throughout.

With the exceptions of Mr Cat and Julian, the characterizations are one dimensional. When I think of Meg Murry, Anne Shirley, Jo March, and Blossom Culp, in comparison Jenny just feels flat, repetitive, uninteresting and uninter
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can understand how Peter S. Beagle and Jack Cady became friends. Along with their vision of a world where the boundaries between Here and Now and There and Then are not absolute, they both write with an unfathomable depth of understanding of and respect for their characters and for those characters' stories, and also empathy without excuses, even a tenderness, a graciousness that allows the truth of the stories and characters to stand on their own and shine in their own light — and embrace the ...more
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody, teenagers, the lonely,
After hearing so many allusions to this book on livejournal's book communities, I decided to give this book a try and I wasn't disappointed. I expected to be annoyed at Jenny, but her voice drew me in and wouldn't let go. She goes through all the confusion and sulking a teenager pulled away from home goes through, but she acknowledges in her narrative that her behavior embarrassed her. Her semi-denial of her respect for Evan was realistic, as expected of teenagers, as is her gradual respect and ...more
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Hm. I wonder if this book influenced Robin McKinley's Dragonhaven at all. For at least the first hundred pages, the writing is so full of "teen posturing language" (forgive me, teens--I couldn't think of a better way to say it), that it's nearly unbearable. No, I take that back. It is unbearable. I skimmed and skipped, hoping that the book would actually become readable. After all, I had read Peter Beagle before and I didn't remember him being so awful.

When the title character finally enters th
J.Aleksandr Wootton
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of
I first knew Peter S. Beagle when I was eight or nine years old, as the writer of an excellent little essay, or introduction, to The Lord of the Rings called Tolkien's Magic Ring, and he is probably to blame for my habit of actually reading forewords, prologues, and introductions. Many are rough, but occasionally you find a diamond like Peter's.

Peter is, I think, one of the most under-recognized writers of our day. He writes books that change you; his craft is excellent. So far I've found in eac
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Peter Soyer Beagle (born April 20, 1939) is an American fantasist and author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays. He is also a talented guitarist and folk singer. He wrote his first novel, A Fine and Private Place , when he was only 19 years old. Today he is best known as the author of The Last Unicorn, which routinely polls as one of the top ten fantasy novels of all time, and at least two of ...more
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“He really would have done all that for her, you see, and done it believing he'd burn in hell forever for doing it. He hadn't done it, and wouldn't had made her his anyway, but you see why he'd have figured it did. Or maybe I saw it anyway, at the time. He was a maniac and a monster, but people don't love like that anymore. Or maybe it's only the maniacs and monsters who do. I don't know. ” 43 likes
“But what I thought, and what I still think, and always will, is that she saw me. Nobody else has ever seen me — me, Jenny Gluckstein — like that. Not my parents, not Julian, not even Meena. Love is one thing — recognition is something else.” 36 likes
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