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Short Description for Spellcast Maggie Graham flees New York City to hide in Vermont, at the Crossroads Theatre. She hadn't planned to audition, yet soon finds herself part of the summer stock cast. But her previous acting experiences don't prepare her for the theater's unusual staff--and its handsome, almost otherworldly director. Original.
- Published: 03 May 2011
- Format: Paperback 433 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780756406820 ISBN 10: 075640682X
- Sales rank: 356,295
Reviews for Spellcast
The best sort of fairy tale
It is obviously a sign from above that Maggie needs a change of scene when she is not only fired, but the ceiling of her bathroom collapses on top of her while she tries to take a consolatory bath. She packs a bag and leaves New York City for Vermont, intent on finding a Bed and Breakfast. What she finds instead is the Crossroads Theater and its enigmatic director Rowan.
Spellcast is a fairy tale, and like all the best fairy tales it is dark and dangerous, and examines all of the things about ourselves we would rather not look at. It also glimmers with wide eyed wonder and rustles with restless energy. It is impossible to put down.
Ashford's love of theater is apparent and will touch everyone who has had the luck to walk across the stage, and everyone who has ever wanted to. She captures the camaraderie of the theater perfectly, with all of its dysfunctions and drama. Her descriptions of things I enjoyed so much when I was younger, my time spent engaged in summer theater, tickled a smile onto my face and marched goosebumps down my arms. It was perfect. And I didn't realize I had enjoyed theater as much as I had, or that I missed it. It is an amazing author that can appeal to memories that are almost 20 years old and get me to recall them so vividly.
And it isn't just theater. It is family, and friends, relationships and work and all those little and not so little things that fill our lives and make us who we are.
Spellcast can be a very personal read, if you let it. And I encourage you greatly to do so. by April Steenburgh