Twelve-year-old Toulouse “Tull” Trotter lives on his grandfather’s vast Bel-Air parkland estate with his mother, the beautiful, drug-addicted Katrina—a landscape artist who specializes in topiary labyrinths. He spends most of his time with young cousins Lucy, “the girl detective,” and Edward, a prodigy undaunted by the disfiguring effects of Apert Syndrome. One day, an impulsive revelation by Lucy sets in motion a chain of events that changes Tull—and the Trotter family—forever.
In this latter-day Thousand and One Nights, a boy seeks his lost father and a woman finds her long-lost love . . . while a family of unimaginable wealth learns that its fate is bound up with two fugitives: Amaryllis, a street orphan who aspires to be a saint, and her protector, a homeless schizophrenic, clad in Victorian rags, who is accused of a horrifying crime.
About the Author
Bruce Wagner is the author of "The Chrysanthemum Palace" (a PEN Faulkner fiction award finalist); "Still Holding"; "I'll Let You Go" (a PEN USA fiction award finalist); "I'm Losing You"; and "Force Majeure". He lives in Los Angeles.
Virtuosic . . . [attests] not only to Mr. Wagner’s range as a writer—his ability to write with affecting sincerity as well as satiric glee—but also to his power as a storyteller to beguile.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Lavishly imagined . . . Wagner [dares] his readers to be so callous as to question fiction’s ability to imagine the impossible.”—The Boston Globe
“Wagner’s astute portrayal of the follies of the rich is exceeded by his skill at rendering the lives of the poor. The chapters on Amaryllis . . . are worthy of a latter-day Dickens.”—The Washington Post
“Brilliant, inventive, and entertaining . . . a rip-roaring, special-effects-filled ride.” —New York
“Combines social satire on the scale of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair with a hipness that has become Wagner’s trademark.” —GQ
“A brash authorial voice . . . tinged with melancholy . . . a sincere exploration of life, death and immortality.”—People