Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (“Bertie” for short) consorts daily with fairies, spirits, pirates, kings and queens. Left in infancy on the doorstep of the Theatre Illuminata, Bertie’s confidants and acquaintances step from the pages of plays. When the Theatre decides to evict her from her home of seventeen years, Bertie fights to stay where she is as the curtain goes up on a drama of longing and discovery- with Bertie searching out the well-concealed secrets of her past. Infused with the love of the theater, Lisa Mantchev’s first novel weaves a coming-of-age tale which is rich and sensual, screamingly funny, deeply mystical and ultimately joyous.
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