Henry Walker was once a world-class magician, performing to sold-out shows in New York. But now he has been reduced to joining Musgrove's Chinese Circus (which at no point in its tour of the deep South has ever included a single Chinese person) as the shambling Negro Magician, whose dark black skin and electric green eyes bewitch most audiences. But one balmy Mississippi night in 1954, Henry disappears in the company of three rowdy white teens and is never seen again. Wallace pieces together Henry's incredible vagabond life - from a deal with a bone-white devil known only as Mr. Sebastian, to the heartrending loss of his sister Hannah - and creates an enchanting tale of love, loss, identity, and the limitation of magic.
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by Daniel Wallace
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"Traveling though the South in the 1950s with Jeremiah Musgrove's Chinese Circus, green-eyed black magician Henry Walker pays penance for having made his sister disappear, but having failed to bring her back. The bestselling author of BIG FISH once again employs multiple narrators and points of view. Narrator Tom Stechschulte leads talented readers Alyssa Bresnahan, T. Rider Smith, and others through a fantastic world peopled with circus freaks and cruel crowds. This haunting, tender story transports listeners through time and space as it depicts a childhood fantasy with an emotional payoff that's both heartwarming and tragic. Did Henry sell his sister to the devil so he could become a world-class illusionist? The answer isn't as important as the question. R.O. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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