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Voiceover Artist (Paperback) (Dave Reidy)

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Simon Davies suffers a crippling stutter inherited from his father. At the age of seven, he decides to stop speaking completelyeventually rendering his vocal cords useless from atrophy. Unable to speak, Simon finds solace in the voices piping through his bedside radio.Eighteen years later, Simon rebuilds his voice and learns to mostly manage his stutter with a series of subtle tics he’s developed to loosen his vocal cords. He moves to Chicago and pursues his lifelong dream of becoming a voice on the radioa voiceover artist. Meanwhile, his younger brother Connor, in every way more confident and charming than Simon, attempts to take his prodigious talent for improv comedy from the barroom stages of Chicago to the television studios of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Coming out of his years of silence, Simon seeks to balance his relationship with his brother, forcing Connor to examine what brotherhood and success mean to him.Told in a series of first-person narratives by the characters who weave in and out of Simon’s life,The Voiceover Artist considers the complexities of family and celebrates the heart with which we fight to fulfill our dreams.

"Woven into the middle of this captivating story is the most accurate depiction of the Chicago improv world that I've ever read. When you open the book, you can smell the stale beer and hear the clever quips."?Keegan-Michael Key, co-creator and co-star of the Peabody Award-winning Comedy Central series Key & Peele

"My first thought picking this book up was what if Binx Bolling [of Walker Percy'sThe Moviegoer] were really Catholic and winds up not glib in New Orleans but stuttering in Chicago? This is a completely errant, if not arrant, idea.The Voiceover Artist is a broad, ambitious, multifaceted, exacting set of portraits of some very twisted folks. They are their own analysts, viciously jockeying to win. Mr. Reidy can be frightening."?Padgett Powell, Whiting Award winner and author of six novels, including You & Me

Since his youth, Simon Davies has suffered from a crippling stutter inherited from his father. Overshadowed by his charming younger brother, Connor, Simon doesn't speak for eighteen years, but harbors a secret dream to become a famous voiceover artist. Once Simon finds his voice, he must learn to live alongside Connor, or continue to suffer silently on his own.

Dave Reidy's fiction has appeared in Granta and other journals. His first book, a collection of short stories about performers calledCaptive Audience, was named an Indie Next Notable Book by the American Booksellers Association. Reidy works at closerlook, inc., where he is the creative director. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Number of Pages: 308.0
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Author: Dave Reidy
Language: English
Street Date: November 10, 2015
TCIN: 46776949
UPC: 9781940430553
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-1044

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