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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"After breaking up the family act in 1916, Keatonesque comedic performer Billy Pascoe retreats to Muskoka to consider his prospects as a solo performer. Instead, Pascoe discovers an unlikely partner and straightman in Lucinda Hart, one half of a disbanded song-and-dance sister act. While still wrestling to mesh their vastly different experiences of rehearsal and performanc ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 2014 by Gaspereau Press
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James Fisher
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Like Any Other Monday (2014, Gaspereau Press) is Halifax author Binnie Brennan's first novel, and it is an impressive one. From the moment you handle the book, you know that you are in for something special. Gaspereau Press has done a beautiful job of printing and binding this softcover book. It even comes with its own embossed paper dust jacket. Even if the pages inside were totally blank, you would still have a handsome softcover to display.
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Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, I'd like to take a moment to comment on the book as an object. Gaspereau Press has put together an objectively lovely edition for this release. The cover art is thoughtful and meaningful, and the pagestock is suitable to the time period being depicted. Just as a piece of art that I display on my shelf, I love it. But wait, there's more.

Binnie Brennan takes the early life of Buster Keaton as her initial inspiration for this story, but that's a leaping-off point, not a destination. Thanks
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Like Any Other Monday gave me a unique backstage look into the world of vaudeville. Inspired by the life and work of Buster Keaton, Binnie Brennan has created a compelling cast of characters who weave a story of courage, love and sacrifice. Billy and Lucinda must join forces when the break-up of their family acts leave them without work. They must find a way to merge their very different talents - Billie, a comedic performer and Lucinda, half of a song and dance sister act. As the new act of Pas
This was a really enjoyable read. Brennan did a great job making the vaudeville acts both readable (to a person not particularly interested in the subject) and clearly visual. With her deft pen, they also enhanced the connection between the two main characters, whose charming, unusual relationship grows into an abiding love. Like Any Other Monday strikes a nice balance between life in Vaudeville and the connecting personalities of two people. Brennan's writing is spare but fine and she uses play ...more
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it
In Binnie Brennan's first novel Like Any Other Monday it is 1916 and young Billy Pascoe has been forced by his father's alcoholism to quit The Three Pascoes, the successful stage act he shared with his parents all through his childhood. At an actors' colony where he's gone to take stock of his career, he meets the Hart sisters, Norma and Lucinda, whose own career as a song-and-dance team has ended because of Norma's pregnancy. Overcoming their doubts and fears, Billy and Lucinda partner up to be ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy Vaudeville, or love the era just before film stars took over the entertainment world, you will really enjoy this book.
Printed on beautiful stock by Gaspereau Press, a publishing company bent (and rightly so) on preserving old methods of printing, the very feel of this book takes you back to a time when the texture of the world was more visceral and enthralling than a flatscreen.
Binnie Brennan describes the feel of theatre, both onstage and in the audience, so deftly that you instan
Mj Amirault
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A pleasant story of life in the vaudeville business, a bit of a love story. It shows the ups and downs of living "on the road" and having to constantly be able to change to keep on top of the game. A bonus, the author lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the book was printed at Gaspereau Press right here in the Annapolis Valley!
Edward Fenner
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A delightful and warm tale of young love and their struggles (and successes) in vaudeville. This story is beautifully written and well-researched. A fascinating peek inside the the lives of two young entertainers. Very enjoyable.
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Binnie Brennan’s short stories have appeared in a number of Canadian and American literary journals, such as Existere, The Adirondack Review, Glossolalia, and All Rights Reserved, and in 2007 her children’s story "A Spider’s Tale" was adapted for the stage featuring Symphony Nova Scotia. Her best-selling novella, Harbour View, was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award, longlisted for the ReLit Aw ...more

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