The Troupe

The Troupe


By (author) Robert Jackson Bennett

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Format: Paperback | 505 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 38mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 21 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0316187526
  • ISBN 13: 9780316187527
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Sales rank: 656,600

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Vaudeville: mad, mercenary, dreamy, and absurd, a world of clashing cultures and ferocious showmanship and wickedly delightful deceptions. But sixteen-year-old pianist George Carole has joined vaudeville for one reason only: to find the man he suspects to be his father, the great Heironomo Silenus. Yet as he chases down his father's troupe, he begins to understand that their performances are strange even for vaudeville: for wherever they happen to tour, the very nature of the world seems to change. Because there is a secret within Silenus's show so ancient and dangerous that it has won him many powerful enemies. And it's not until after he joins them that George realizes the troupe is not simply touring: they are running for their lives. And soon...he is as well.

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Author information

Robert Jackson Bennett was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the Sydney J. Bounds Award, and an Edgar Award, he is the author of the novels Mr. Shivers, The Company Man, The Troupe, and American Elsewhere. Find out more about the author at

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..".a melancholy coming-of-age tale with a moody atmosphere... "The Troupe" is a genuinely powerful piece of work." "SFX""