The Vanishing Magic of Snow: Reformatted Edition (The Fast and The Furies: Suspense Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This book, The Vanishing Magic of Snow, tells the illusory and illustrious tale of humans who are transformed, sometimes by love, sometimes by circumstance, sometimes by magic. Objects appear to vanish before our eyes, but are they really lost? Or has the matter been transformed into energy and vice versa? Sonny Storm, evocative of Siegfried and Roy, was transformed; Candi Lee Pike, (who sings "Excuse Me While I Disappear" and "I Put A Spell On You") was transformed; the "Hippie Magician" was transformed.Doc Marley was transformed and transformative. But was Jay transformed? That will be for us, the readers, to detect.
"From cops to newsmen to couples to whores, all spoke of their having been filled with white light and the sense of a fuse being lit. The same three words were on all lips: "The Almighty Shockeroo!" Jay Penny was the source of their amazement. Whence had he come? Where did he go? "A tidy row of shabby clothes marked the spot where Jay had been." Well, he had been in Kentucky. He had been in Toronto. He had been in the Carolinas.He had been in Grossman's. Along the way he met Ondaajte, Atwood, Cohen, Sarrazin and other glitterati of the Canadian bohemia of the 1970s. Jay took the "geographical cure" from the suffocating family and political climate of the U.S., but had he been healed?
He had been a telemarketer, and a "good" one at that. "And nothing was more welcome than a soft-spoken elderly mark. One high performer had won an award for selling a senile woman twenty-seven cell phones." So Jay might have been transformed from telemarketer to teleporter; transformed from writing articles debunking Uri Geller to writing novels about Magic, we are not sure.
We are sure about one thing: the inevitability of snow and its melting. The novel's central trope is "snow."
"We may get the snow wrong and hope to be saved. But if the snow's wrong about us, all is lost." Sometimes the snow dances; sometimes the snow sparkles; sometimes the snow freezes in this very poignantly poetic novel which ends with a nod to Real Magic and a Forward located after the Epilogue. What just happened? Well, for one thing, I, the reader was spellbound by the frozen atmospheric vapor falling to earth in light flakes, by the snow.
The Vanishing Magic of Snow is a compellingly told, ingeniously constructed tale of magic and despair, transformation and stasis, ambition and defeat. The protagonist, Jay, was something of a drifter and something of a grifter until he found a twin calling: as a writer and as the mentor of a brilliant magician named Sonny Storm. Each man had enormous potential, and in the heady days of Toronto's art scene a generation back, each had his chance to become legendary.
But...Jay lost his way and Sonny lost his edge when a rival stole the young magician's image. An older, perhaps wiser, Jay barely scrapes by, but he is not the kind of man to lose himself in nostalgic regret. In the twenty-first century, he risks everything, perhaps more than life itself, to recoup and regroup and seize a moment of legendary greatness.
The style in the book is engaging, evocative of snow (with all its connotations) and of the confusion of faces and places, some real, some fictional, that make up memory. The images are haunting: snowfall that passes over one person out of all beneath it; streets as dark as sin and as unknown as a man's own undiscovered inner core.
It's a voyage to the heart of darkness and back, a memory of the way things were, and a dream of the way they might be. By turns tough and tender, hard-edged cynicism and yearning romanticism, this short novel will linger in the memory.
There is a bit of magic, and time travel, as well as the presence of stone cold reality in this novel. They all mix to create a book that is so much more than just the sum of its parts. Real life celebrities pop in for a visit along with some fully realized supporting characters that are so real it’s easy to forge they’re fictional.
If you’ve read MacRath’s blog you’ll know that this book is in many ways semi-autobiographical and because the author is writing from experience, even the most fantastical scene is grounded in its own reality. There is magic and miracles in the world and a shockeroo now and again. And sometimes there’s an Almighty Shockeroo, like there is in this book. What is The Almighty Shockeroo? You’ll just have to read and find out.