Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust
Fiction Prize, and selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book.
With all the wonder of a small-scale The Amazing Adventures
of Kavalier and Clay comes this moving and unforgettable novel
about childhood, love, and magic.
Growing up in a Jewish neighbourhood in the 1930s, young
Benjamin Kleeman falls in love, first with Corrine Foster and then
with magic. Hiding his new passions from his parents - the
long-suffering Bella, an Italian immigrant, and Jacob, a talented
but failed inventor of elaborate mechanical devices - Benjamin
begins apprenticeships in magic and life itself, learning along the
way that everything is more complicated than it seems.
With wit, tenderness, humour, and, startling beauty, Cary Fagan
brings a gifted young man's rise to a peculiar kind of
stardom, wonderfully alive.