By George

By Wesley Stace
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316018685, 383pp.)

Publication Date: August 2008

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Description
Two years ago, singer-songwriter Wesley Stace blew onto the literary scene with his bold and free-wheeling Dickensian comedy Misfortune. Now, he is back with another wonderfully entertaining and inventive novel. By George is the twistingstory of four generations of the curious Fisher family, as told by two boys named George Fisher: one, a schoolboy in the 1970s; the other, a ventriloquist's dummy in the second World War. It's a story of love, loss and family ties, and of two boys separated by years but driven by the same desires: to find a voice, and to be loved.
Praise for BY GEORGE:
"By George is one of those rare works of fiction with an essential triple helix -- it's funny, it's clever and it's perfectly woven together with story. If writing is how we imagine not being lobely, as Wesley Stace suggests, then his conjuring trick as a writer is that he brings a large crowd along with him. This is a wonderful follow-up to his debut novel, Misfortune" -- Colum McCann, author of Zoliand Dancer
"Filled with wit, warmth and imagination... Stace amasses enough gently ironic humor, emotion and insight to carry his voices beautifully." -- "Publishers Weekly.



About the Author
Wesley Stace is the author of three widely acclaimed novels: "Misfortune", selected by the "Washington Post" and Amazon as one of the best novels of the year; "By George", one of the New York Public Library's 2007 Books To Remember; and "Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, " one of the "Wall Street Journal"'s best fiction books of 2011. He has released fifteen albums under the name John Wesley Harding and has appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman", and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". He is the founder of the Cabinet of Wonders variety show, which has featured appearances by Rosanne Cash, Colson Whitehead, and Joshua Ferris, among many others, and which can be heard on NPR. He contributes frequently to the "New York Times" and lives in Philadelphia.
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