This is an author interview with Gerald Kolpan about his new novel, MAGIC WORDS which will be published in May, 2012.
A YOUNG INTERPRETER FOLLOWS THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS MAGICIAN TO AMERICA IN A RIVETING NOVEL OF LOVE AND ADVENTURE.
Young immigrant Julius Meyer can speak anyone's language.
Young magician Alexander Herrmann can deceive anyone's eyes.
Magic Words is their story.
Coming to America in the wake of the Civil War, Julius comes of age surrounded by the wild world of 1867 Omaha. He befriends the mysterious Prophet John, who saves his life when the two are captured by the Ponca Indian tribe. Living as a slave, Julius meets the noble chief Standing Bear and his young daughter, with whom he falls in love. Using his astounding facility with language, Julius becomes the tribe's interpreter and a champion of their rights.
His life seems safe and settled; but Julius has reckoned without the arrival of his older cousin, Alexander—who, as the Great Herrmann, will soon become the most famous magician on earth. Nor does he suspect the danger posed by Alex's treacherous brother, Compars, or the ultimate consequences of the magician's affair with Lady-Jane, a glamorous—and murderous—prostitute destined to become the most scandalous woman on two continents.
Magic Words moves from the streets of Philadelphia to the plains of Nebraska; from the glittering theatres of London to the alleys of Brooklyn. Based on historical events, Magic Words is filled with humor and colorful characters: a riveting adventure about the nature of prejudice, the horror of genocide, and two amazing men: one fighting for love and freedom, the other living for mystery and magic.
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