Jonah ManBook - 2012
The title of this novel is an expression that refers to a performer who, despite great effort, reaches the inevitable dwindling down of his career. The good news is Naroznyas fascinating glimpse into vaudeville in 1920s America does anything but stagnate. Told from the perspectives of a one-handed juggler whose prospects have gone south, a teenage boy with a talent for stealing the show, his wheeler-dealer dad who boozes and canoodles, and a police inspector with close tabs on them all, the narrative traces the gritty life on the show circuit, one schmaltzy act after another. But beneath all the fake glitz and glamour, thereas another story to tell: both the juggler and the drunk are addicted to an incandescent silver-blue substance, selling it to susceptible patrons on the side and skimming off their stash. All the characters are three-dimensional, each with a hidden soft spot that others unfortunately find opportunities to exploit.
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Ig Pub., c2012
Branch Call Number: FICTION NAROZNY CHRISTO
Characteristics: 206 p. ; 21 cm