Since adolescence, Bravura and salt of the earth Susie have been partners in magic and best friends, as well as occasional bedmates. But when the two performers hire the mysterious and alluring Lena as a third banana to jazz up the act, Bravura falls madly in love. Lena believes in magicand not just the rabbit-out-of-a hat kind. She encourages Bravura to believe in her own supernatural powers, and when Susie balks, conflict ensues. Things really go south during the classic “Disappearing Box” act, when Susie disappears for real. With her pal presumed dead, and Bravura the prime suspect, the magician must act quickly to find Susiehopefully alive! To prove her innocence, Bravura must uncover the holes in her own storyeven if it means incriminating herself, and her precious Lena, in the process.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Jill Dearman is the author of Bang the Keys (Penguin), a book for writers, as well as Queer Astrology for Men and Queer Astrology for Women (St. Martins), which will be reissued by MacMillan. She is a broadly published journalist and award-winning prose writer whose work has been published in New York Stories, North Atlantic Review, The Portland Review, Lilith, and numerous other publications. A native New Yorker, mystic-about-town, and lifelong film fanatic, she enjoys taking imaginative forays along the seedy side of the street. For more, visit www.jilldearman.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a delight! One of the great pleasures of this book is the way the author develops clearly identifiable and differentiated voices for the three women; another is the way she translates classic elements of film noir into a lesbian love triangle, maintaining a sense of obsessive love between damaged individuals and combining that with a light, deft touch for dialogue. The author successfully creates a sense of inevitability while maintaining suspense even as Bravura, Lena and Susie move inexorably towards their final destinies.
Jill Dearman has written a brilliant novel! I'm a fan of great noir films like 'Double Indemnity' and 'Mildred Pierce' and this harkens back to them and the books they were based on. If you love those old movies you'll love this novel too. Fun, fast, outlandish and sly, grab your popcorn, turn on the night light, and enjoy a true page-turner.