By Wesley Stace
by Wesley Stace, aka John Wesley Harding
In the illustrious heritage of the theatrical Fishers, there are Georges. One is a unusual yet endearing 11-year-old, raised within the seedy international of `70s boarding homes and backstages, now packed off to college for the 1st time; the opposite, a garrulous ventriloquist's dummy who belonged to George's grandfather, a favourite touring act of the British troops in international warfare II. the 2 Georges comprehend not anything of every other--until occasions conspire to unite them in a seek to discover the family's private secrets.
Weaving the boy's story and the puppet's "memoirs," by means of GEORGE unveils the interesting Fisher family--its vulnerable males, its dominant girls, its disgruntled boys, and its stunning and dramatic secrets and techniques. without delay bitingly humorous and exquisitely smooth, Stace's novel is the unforgettable trip of 2 younger boys separated via years yet pushed by way of an identical wishes: to discover a voice, and to be loved.
"By George is a type of infrequent works of fiction with a vital triple helix -- it's humorous, it's smart and it's completely woven including tale. If writing is how we think no longer being lonely, as Wesley Stace indicates, then his conjuring trick as a author is that he brings a wide crowd besides him. this can be a marvelous follow-up to his debut novel, Misfortune." -- Colum McCann, writer of Zoli and Dancer
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