The IllusionistsBook - 2014
London, 1885, a challenging place for a young, beautiful woman of limited means. But Eliza is modern before her time. Not for her the stifling, if respectable, conventionality of marriage, children, domestic drudgery. She longs for more. Through her work as an artist's model, she meets the magnetic and irascible Devil Wi, a born showman whose dream is to run his own theatre company. Devil's right-hand man is the improbably-named Carlo Bonomi, an ill-tempered dwarf who is a gifted magician and illusionist. Carlo and Devil clash at every turn and it falls to Eliza to broker an uneasy peace between them. And then there is Jasper Button: mild-mannered, and a family man at heart, it is his gift as an artist which makes him the unlikely final member of the motley crew. With self-styled impresario Devil at the helm of the Palmyra Theatre, acrobats and illusionists astonish audiences with their death-defying stunts and the magic of mysterious new inventions, like electricity. Backstage, secret romances, box-office dramas, and power struggles inevitably simmer, and intermittently boil over.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, ©2014.
Characteristics: 472 pages ;,23 cm.