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Mr Sebastian and the Negro Magician

A Novel

by Daniel Wallace

Mr Sebastian and the Negro Magician by Daniel Wallace
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2007
    272 pages
    Genre: Novels

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A haunting, tender story that weaves a tragic secret, a mysterious meeting with the Devil, and a family of charming circus freaks recounting the extraordinary adventures of their friend Henry Walker, the Negro Magician.

In the middle of a dusty Southern town, in the middle of the twentieth century, magician Henry Walker entertains crowds at Jeremiah Musgrove’s Chinese Circus. Though not the world-famous illusionist he once was, Henry, with his dark skin and green eyes, is still something of a novelty to the patrons who pay a dime to see his show. Most of the patrons, anyway.

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"[T]hough the conclusion is both startling and inevitable...the milieu of carnies, hucksters, tricksters and wanderers isn't as sharp as it could be." - PW.

"Wallace's fractured fairy tale may strike readers new to the author as somewhat gimmicky; it will appeal to his fan base." - Booklist.

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Wallace is also the author of Big Fish and The Watermelon King.

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