In the traditions of Gregory Maguire's Wicked and Geraldine Brooks' March, Tink is the dark and fearless biography of an all-too misunderstood character from one of childhood's best-loved classic novels.
Tink takes a Neverland born of youthful imagination and infuses it with dark, multilayered conflicts, telling the romantic, brutal, and ultimately hopeful tale of the changeling known as Tinker Bell. Heretofore, Tink was merely a jealous faery who played second fiddle to Peter Pan; but this bold new novel reveals her to be a complicated, sensual, powerful, and in some ways tragic woman haunted by her past and battling her own demons of drink and obsession. Along the way, Tink finds herself intertwined with such classic characters as Captain James Hook and Wendy Darling, whose motivations and actions are far more complex than anyone ever thought.
In Tink, the common house faery who is capable of only one emotion at once is blown fully into the character that she is, with dark and light sides, flaws and strengths. A completely realized journey of the human spirit, a complex exploration of the temptations of power and the search for identity, and a tale of rising above past pains to meet the future, this original, ambitious novel is steeped in the details of Irish history and legend, the secret Irish Traveller language of Shelta, the glory days of pirates, and the darkest, unexplored corners of Neverland itself. Extending far beyond J.M. Barrie's well-loved faery tale, Tink takes on a life and spirit all its own and adds adult resonance to one of childhood's most intriguing characters, who despite her flaws has a hardscrabble ability to triumph against the odds.
Tink will be published in hardcover by G. P. Putnam's Sons in late 2008 or early 2009, with a paperback to follow.