Out today is Robert J. Bennett’s third novel, THE TROUPE (US | UK | ANZ), set in the vaudeville era, a surreal and defining period in American entertainment history.
Sixteen-year-old pianist George Carole joined vaudeville for one reason: to find the man he suspects is his father, the great Heironomo Silenus. Yet as he pursues his father’s troupe, he begins to realize that their performances are strange even for vaudeville: for wherever they tour, the very nature of the world seems to change.
Already LA TROUPE has received wonderful support from critics and bloggers.
“Perfectly told by a bewildered young man whose zealous pursuit of a father’s love is often overtaken by his alternately endearing and dangerous vanity, Bennett’s finely crafted novel rises on a surge of suspense to a place beauty and hope.” – Weekly editors
“The Troupe is a grown-up fairy tale about love, betrayal and redemption…” (featured) – List of books
“Haunting, terrifying, and painfully beautiful, The Troupe is a book to savor, and it will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.” Very highly recommended. – My bookish ways
“A beautiful novel that resonates as a mystery, a historical look, a thriller and a family drama. …Like a sepia photograph manipulated in Photoshop, Bennett adds his splashes of color, bringing things to the fore for brilliant moments all the more more intense for the contrasting palette behind her. – Reflections from staff members
Read an excerpt from LA TROUPE here or learn more about the book and the vaudeville era at www.silenustroupe.com.
Recently, we were also pleased to announce that Robert’s second novel, THE COMPANY MAN, was nominated for an Edgar Award.