The Animals Waltz

by Cary Fagan

St. Martin's Press | January 15, 1996 | Trade Paperback |

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Sheila Hersh is spending her early thirties leading a double life. She hangs out at the cool Firenze Bar at night, has a closetful of black clothes, and is even the reluctant star of an underground film. By day she writes ad copy for her father''s store, Hersh''s House of Mattresses (where she is instructed to use a lot of exclamation points), and manages to keep the rest of the employees - her outspoken, ambitious aunt and her stylish but ineffectual uncle -- on an even keel.

The only thing that really keeps her interest is a mysterious book of poems that belonged to her dead mother. Sheila feels that if she could find out more about the obscure Viennese poet who died at the age of twenty-three in 1938, it might lead her to a greater understanding of her mother - and even of herself.

Sheila travels to Vienna, where the city''s ancient streets, aromatic coffee houses, and glorious music work an unexpected magic on her. As this literary mystery unravels, Sheila''s familial bonds become more palpable. Surprising discoveries and chance meetings make this a delightful novel, funny, moving, and romantic.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: January 15, 1996

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312310730

ISBN - 13: 9780312310738

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The Animals Waltz

The Animals Waltz

by Cary Fagan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: January 15, 1996

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312310730

ISBN - 13: 9780312310738

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Sheila Hersh is spending her early thirties leading a double life. She hangs out at the cool Firenze Bar at night, has a closetful of black clothes, and is even the reluctant star of an underground film. By day she writes ad copy for her father''s store, Hersh''s House of Mattresses (where she is instructed to use a lot of exclamation points), and manages to keep the rest of the employees - her outspoken, ambitious aunt and her stylish but ineffectual uncle -- on an even keel.

The only thing that really keeps her interest is a mysterious book of poems that belonged to her dead mother. Sheila feels that if she could find out more about the obscure Viennese poet who died at the age of twenty-three in 1938, it might lead her to a greater understanding of her mother - and even of herself.

Sheila travels to Vienna, where the city''s ancient streets, aromatic coffee houses, and glorious music work an unexpected magic on her. As this literary mystery unravels, Sheila''s familial bonds become more palpable. Surprising discoveries and chance meetings make this a delightful novel, funny, moving, and romantic.

About the Author


CARY FAGAN is the author of three previous novels, The Animals'' Waltz, Sleeping Weather and Felix Roth, as well as two collections of short fiction. His work has won the Toronto Book Award and the Jewish Book Committee for Fiction and has been included in Best Canadian Stories and other anthologies. He is also a highly acclaimed writer for children, for which he has won several awards and honours. He lives in Toronto.
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