The Motion of Puppets (Hardcover)

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Kay Harper is a circus performer who’s recently moved to the Old City of Quebec with her new husband. Each night she walks home from the circus and stops at the window of an old puppet shop that is never open, falling a little more in love with the puppet in the window every time. One night Kay, fearful a dark figure is following her, tries the handle of the door and as she steps in she is immediately transformed into a puppet herself. From then on, Kay and her fellow puppets come alive only during the darkest hours of the night and in a narrative echoing Orpheus and Eurydice, her only escape is if her husband finds and recognizes her. A spooky novel told lushly and beautifully, with alternating chapters of Kay’s experience in the puppet show and her husband’s desperate search for her. The result is a beautiful, strange novel that explores the constrictions and freedoms of the human body, soul, and spirit.

— From Kelly


From the bestselling author of The Boy Who Drew Monsters and The Stolen Child comes a modern take on the Orpheus and Eurydice Myth--A Suspenseful tale of romance and enchantment

In the Old City of Qu bec, 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. So begins the dual odyssey of Keith Donohue's The Motion of Puppets of a husband determined to find his wife, and of a woman trapped in a magical world where her life is not her own.

About the Author

KEITH DONOHUE is an American novelist, the author of the national bestseller The Stolen Child, Angels of Destruction, Centuries of June, and The Boy Who Drew Monsters. He also writes reviews for The Washington Post. Donohue has a PhD in English with a specialization in modern Irish literature and wrote the introduction to Flann O'Brien: The Complete Novels. He lives in Maryland.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250057181
ISBN-10: 1250057183
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English