The Puppeteer's Daughters (Hardcover)
This is a rich, puppetry-entrenched, family drama about three sisters who grew up with wildly different childhoods and mothers, but all share the same famous, puppeteering father. Think contemporary King Lear. I loved the complexities each sister had with their individual father-daughter relationships, and how that translated into their adult lives. This is a great read, threaded with fairytales and grounded in sisterhood.— Emma
A new novel by the award-winning author of Under the Mercy Trees.
Famed puppeteer and master manipulator Walter Gray surprises his three daughters by announcing there is a fourth at his 80th birthday party. An incomplete paternity test--and a will that places a condition on each daughter's inheritance--suggest that the missing daughter isn't a figment of his dementia.
Jane, the eldest, is tired of her father's eccentricities. She remembers the scarcity of her childhood and doesn't want another sister to share the birthright.
Rosie, born out of wedlock, sees the missing sister as her key to acceptance as a full member of the puppeteer's family.
Cora, the youngest, born after Walter achieved fame and fortune, is most concerned with extricating herself from running Walter's company so that she can pursue her own life.
The sisters each knew a different version of their enigmatic father, but all grew up in the presence of fairy tales acted out with marionettes and shadow puppets. If they are to find the fourth daughter and claim the legacy their father has left them, the three must confront their fractured relationships with their father and each other. Infused with fairy tales that sometimes spill magic into the sisters' real lives, The Puppeteer's Daughters is a stunningly-woven family saga about the cost and rewards of claiming a creative life.