The Great Bravura
DescriptionSince adolescence, Bravura and salt of the earth Susie have been partners in magic and best friends, as well as occasional bedmates. But when the two performers hire the mysterious and alluring Lena as a third banana to jazz up the act, Bravura falls madly in love. Lena believes in magic--and not just the rabbit-out-of-a hat kind. She encourages Bravura to believe in her own supernatural powers, and when Susie balks, conflict ensues. Things really go south during the classic "Disappearing Box" act, when Susie disappears for real. With her pal presumed dead, and Bravura the prime suspect, the magician must act quickly to find Susie--hopefully alive! To prove her innocence, Bravura must uncover the holes in her own story--even if it means incriminating herself, and her precious Lena, in the process.
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About the Author
Jill Dearman as been a fascinated student of the signs and planets since childhood. She has written professionally about astrology for numerous publications since 1990. The study of the stars led her to the study of human nature, and she has worked volunteer or part time as an HIV counselor throughout the 1990s.
She is also a playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker, with many lurid credits to her name. Her short film The Great Bravura, a magician's tale, has been screened at several festivals, and she is currently developing a feature-length version of the story, which she hopes to film in the twenty-first century.
She spins her web in New York city, but in her frequent moments of pomposity views herself as a "citizen of the world."
--Go Magazine "Brutal and magical and sexy as hell. Dearman's noir voice shatters boundaries I never knew existed."
--Augusten Burroughs, author, Running With Scissors. "A rich, noirish picture of Olde New York with a punk sensibility that rocks the senses. Dearman's characters are twisted, doomed, with a lust for life."
--Roberta Bayley, photographer and author of Patti Smith and Blank Generation Revisited: The Early Days of Punk Rock. "Sapphically ardent, meta-absurd, and Nin-sexy all at once, Jill Dearman's tale is a triumph of mysterious pleasures: a Colette martini with a drop of Robbe-Grillet vermouth and a Jeanette Winterson olive."
--Michael Atkinson, author of Exile Cinema and Hemingway Deadlights. "The Great Bravura straddles two worlds: her feet are firmly planted on earth, among a gritty ragtag group of early-20th century circus performers, while her hands reach for the stars, drawing the reader into a magical mystery realm where fantasy and sorcery are commonplace. Dearman builds on the tension created by the two milieus bumping into each other on the page to ultimately create a morality tale reminiscent of another era―the tragedies of ancient Greece."
--Aaron Krach, artist, journalist, and author of Half-Life "With the illusion of a good magic show and the captivating edge of the early 20th century, The Great Bravura spellbinds readers in its twisted tale."