The Illusionist (Hardcover)

By Dinitia Smith

Scribner Book Company, 9780684843292, 256pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 1997

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Paperback (3/10/1999)

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In this sensuous and intriguing novel, the unexpected appearance of a charismatic young man with magical gifts dramatically trans forms a once beautiful town in Uspstate New York and prompts the age-old question: What do women really want?

The relative calm of Sparta, New York, is broken by the arrival of an androgynous amateur magician, Dean Lily. The enigmatic newcomer's tricks, however, aren't limited to the sleights of hand he practices at the local bar. He deftly uses his considerable charms on the local women. Dean's elaborate seductions are met with little resistance: The women Dean sets his sights on are incapable of recognizing him for who and what he really is.

But some in Sparta are suspicious of Dean's mysterious identity and passion for trickery. While he cures Sparta of its midwinter ennui, he also unleashes a destructive element frozen under the surface of the town that even he cannot control. The Illusionist is a rousing read that thwarts convention with brio and beguiling mystery.