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Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
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Apr 20, 12

bookshelves: j-fiction
Read in April, 2012

When Clara Wintermute invites puppeteer children Lizzie Rose and Parsefall to perform at her 12th birthday, their master, Grisini, kidnaps her, turning her into a puppet the children take to the stately home of a witch, Madama Cassandra, who wants one of the children to steal her cursed jewel.

You have to admire those names.
I savored this book for both its elegant language and its masterful construction--focusing on one character and then another just as if THEY were the puppets (indeed, Parsefall once says “"How do you know we ain't in a story?"). There is gothic melodrama and there is convincing magic. The story is convoluted enough that you can't quite imagine how it will all work out, but is satisfyingly resolved using all the little bits and pieces.
Due out in August, this is a story-telling triumph.
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