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ISBN13: 9780316187527
ISBN10: 0316187526
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Publisher Comments:

Vaudeville: mad, mercenary, dreamy, and absurd, a world of clashing cultures and ferocious showmanship and wickedly delightful deceptions.

But sixteen-year-old pianist George Carole has joined vaudeville for one reason only: to find the man he suspects to be his father, the great Heironomo Silenus. Yet as he chases down his father's troupe, he begins to understand that their performances are strange even for vaudeville: for wherever they happen to tour, the very nature of the world seems to change.

Because there is a secret within Silenus's show so ancient and dangerous that it has won him many powerful enemies. And it's not until after he joins them that George realizes the troupe is not simply touring: they are running for their lives.

And soon...he is as well.

Review:

"Bennett (The Company Man) melds an energetic reimagining of medieval myth with an engrossing backdrop of impresarios, puppeteers, and amazing feats of strength in this tale of turn-of-the-century vaudevillians. The performances of Hieronomo 'Harry' Silenus's quartet leave audiences dazzled yet unable to remember what they have seen. Teen piano prodigy George Carole, believing that Harry is his father, joins the quartet and learns their actual mission: to sing the song of creation that keeps the world alive and safe. As darkness closes in, the exhausted and increasingly fractious performers gamble everything for one more bit of the song. True motives borne of old sadness are revealed with delicate precision, and even the most terrifying creatures are invested with a heartrending pathos. Narrated perfectly by a baffled young man whose zealous pursuit of a father's love is often outpaced by his alternately endearing and dangerous vanity, Bennett's finely crafted novel rises on a wave of suspense to a place of beauty and hope. Agent: Donald Maass Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Robert Jackson Bennett was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the Sydney J. Bounds Award, and an Edgar Award, he is the author of the novels Mr. Shivers, The Company Man, The Troupe, and American Elsewhere. Find out more about the author at www.robertjacksonbennett.com.

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Tim Lewis, March 25, 2013 (view all comments by Tim Lewis)
In The Troupe, Robert Jackson Bennett has done something that few authors have done with great success. I feel about The Troupe similar to the way I felt about reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell the first time. While not quite as comprehensively historical as Susanna Clarke’s masterpiece, the magical elements and complete characters created a similar-feeling world. It is a magical story with so many twists and turns with realistic, emotion-evoking interactions between characters, I was ready to go back and read it again as soon as I turned the last page.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316187527
Author:
Bennett, Robert Jackson
Publisher:
Orbit
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Romance - Gothic
Subject:
Mercenaries; Emotions; Anger; Deception; Search for biological parents; Fathers and sons; Vaudeville; Mysticism
Publication Date:
20120221
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.375 x 5.5 x 1.375 in 0.98 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bennett (The Company Man) melds an energetic reimagining of medieval myth with an engrossing backdrop of impresarios, puppeteers, and amazing feats of strength in this tale of turn-of-the-century vaudevillians. The performances of Hieronomo 'Harry' Silenus's quartet leave audiences dazzled yet unable to remember what they have seen. Teen piano prodigy George Carole, believing that Harry is his father, joins the quartet and learns their actual mission: to sing the song of creation that keeps the world alive and safe. As darkness closes in, the exhausted and increasingly fractious performers gamble everything for one more bit of the song. True motives borne of old sadness are revealed with delicate precision, and even the most terrifying creatures are invested with a heartrending pathos. Narrated perfectly by a baffled young man whose zealous pursuit of a father's love is often outpaced by his alternately endearing and dangerous vanity, Bennett's finely crafted novel rises on a wave of suspense to a place of beauty and hope. Agent: Donald Maass Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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