In the illustrious history of the theatrical Fishers, there are two Georges. One is a peculiar but endearing eleven year old, raised in the seedy world of boarding houses and backstages, now packed off to school for the first time; the other, a garrulous ventriloquist's dummy who belonged to George's grandfather, a favourite travelling act of the ...
In the illustrious history of the theatrical Fishers, there are two Georges. One is a peculiar but endearing eleven year old, raised in the seedy world of boarding houses and backstages, now packed off to school for the first time; the other, a garrulous ventriloquist's dummy who belonged to George's grandfather, a favourite travelling act of the British troops in World War II. The two Georges know nothing of each other - until events conspire to unite them in a search to uncover the family's deepest secrets. While the dummy lies dusty, silent and abandoned, his young namesake sets out to learn about his dead grandfather's past as a world-famous ventriloquist, his magical powers and their family's curious history. Weaving the boy's tale and the puppet's memoirs, "By George" unveils the fascinating Fisher family - its weak men, its dominant women, its disgruntled boys, and its shocking and dramatic secrets. At once bitingly funny and exquisitely tender, Wesley Stace's novel is the unforgettable journey of two young boys separated by years but driven by the same desire: to find a voice, and to be loved.
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Publishers Weekly, 2007-04-16 Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, writing under his given name Wesley Stace (Misfortune), crafts a British performing family's saga filled with wit, warmth and imagination. George Fisher is 11 years old in 1973 when his mother, Frankie, enjoying a successful run as Peter Pan, delivers him to Upside Boarding School. George misses his family, particularly his 93-year-old great-grandmother Evangeline, who for many years performed as a ventriloquist-as did her son, Joe. Under the watchful eye of the headmaster, George learns to escape student responsibilities by cheating, throwing his voice and befriending the groundskeeper, who gives him ventriloquism how-to books. George's school-days narrative alternates with another memoiristic voice from 1930, that of Joe's dummy, also called George. While George the schoolboy leaves Upside, eventually finding work in the family business, George the dummy accompanies Joe on the road to entertain troops during WWII. In different eras, boy and dummy each finds his own voice, plus some understanding of a world full of trickery and illusion. Family secrets revealed are not much of a surprise, but Stace amasses enough gently ironic humor (including sly references to Harry Potter and David Copperfield), emotion and insight to carry his voices beautifully. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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