The Motion of Puppets

The Motion of Puppets

Book - 2016
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In the Old City of Québec, Kay Harper falls in love with a puppet in the window of the Quatre Mains, a toy shop that is never open. She is spending her summer working as an acrobat with the cirque while her husband, Theo, is translating a biography of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Late one night, Kay fears someone is following her home. Surprised to see that the lights of the toy shop are on and the door is open, she takes shelter inside. The next morning Theo wakes up to discover his wife is missing. Under police suspicion and frantic at her disappearance, he obsessively searches the streets of the Old City. Meanwhile, Kay has been transformed into a puppet, and is now a prisoner of the back room of the Quatre Mains, trapped with an odd assemblage of puppets from all over the world who can only come alive between the hours of midnight and dawn. The only way she can return to the human world is if Theo can find her and recognize her in her new form.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2016
ISBN: 9781250057181
Branch Call Number: F DONOHUE
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 25 cm


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ArapahoeJessica Nov 02, 2018

"Love is the madness which allows us to believe in magic."

But will love be enough to save Kay Harper when she falls under the spell of the Original and becomes a puppet? Loved the mix of mystery and fairy tale in this modern-day Orpheus spin-off! Great read on a dark and chilly evening.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 27, 2017

I really enjoyed "The Boy Who Drew Monsters" by the same author. I didn't enjoy this story quite as much but it was still a pretty good read. Very creepy especially if you don't have a love of puppets.

What a thriller! Definitely creepy, especially if you are already a little creeped out by marionettes. As you read, you might think you know how it will end, but you will be surprised!

Oct 19, 2016

Loved it!

LPL_KimberlyL Sep 21, 2016

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, this modern fairy tale is equal parts mystery, horror, and magic. Keith Donohue is known for his magical realist novels, and this newest one is engrossing and beautifully written. A real page-turner, and not to be missed!


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