The Myth Man by Elizabeth Swados

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A picaresque evocation of the on-the-edge avant-garde theatrical world of the 1960's follows seven-year-old Rikki as he is adopted by an eccentric gypsy-like acting troupe led by an artistic genius and her ex-drag queen brother. 15,000 first printing.

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Published December 1, 1994 by Viking Adult. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He begins, with his troupe, to develop a show called ``The Myth Man,'' which one participant describes as ``a metaphysical follies...Ed Sullivan for snobs.'' Rikki is entrusted to the care of Sasha's brother, Charles, a former drag queen.

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The credible first third of the novel-about Sasha, his play, Charles and Rikki's sudden reclaiming of speech-is followed by the less persuasive middle third, in which Sasha's outrageous troupe goes on the road and Rikki's mother tries to break Rikki's bond with the brothers.

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