Book summary: Wise Children

1991 BY ANGELA CARTER

In their heyday on the vaudeville stages of the early twentieth century, Dora Chance and her twin sister, Nora?unacknowledged daughters of Sir Melchior Hazard, the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day?were known as the Lucky Chances, with private lives as colorful and erratic as their careers. But now, at age 75, Dora is typing up their life story, and it is a tale indeed that Angela Carter tells. A writer known for the richness of her imagination and wit as well as her feminist insights into matters large and small, she created in Wise Children an effervescent family saga that manages to celebrate the lore and magic of show business while also exploring the connections between parent and child, the transitory and the immortal, authenticity and falsehood.

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