The Bartender's Tale
By Ivan Doig
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410454591, 629pp.)
Publication Date: January 2013
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- Theatre plays a great part in this story, with Rusty and Zoe initiated into the mysteries of the stage via the amateur actress Mrs. Reinking and their own forays into comic “bits.” What are the two adolescents learning about character and contrivance? How does the theme of performance and pretense underscore the dramas of the novel's “real” dramatis personae – especially Tom, Proxy, and Francine?