Medicine Road by Charles De Lint
It is always nice to get a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. I’ve liked almost everything from Charles De Lint, but I must say Seven Wild Sisters the book that comes before this one, was definitely not one of my favourites. Although it is part of the Newford series, this story takes place in the Southwest. It can be read without reading the entire series.
I do not have time to go into it more but I am pasting a review from CDL’s site below:
Booklist, April 2004:
Coyote Woman gives a red dog and a jackalope the chance to enrich their lives by enabling them to assume human shape. They have 100 years to find mates who love them unconditionally, or neither gets to keep the gift. Although Alice Corn Hair has found her true love, Jim Changing Dog hasn't been able to commit to one woman, and there's less than a month left for him to find his soul mate. Enter twins Laurel and Bess Dillard, two of de Lint's Seven Wild Sisters (2002), who are touring the Southwest playing old-timey music and selling CDs. In Tucson they meet Jim, who falls for Bess. De Lint adroitly and believably meshes the world we live in and the spirit world, and his lyrical descriptions of desert and canyon take us directly into the ambience of the Southwest, adding much to the charm of this first-in-a-series short novel that is already well-laced with humor, romance, and Native American mythology and nicely complemented by World Fantasy Award-winner Charles Vess' black-and-white illustrations.