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Voiceover Artist (Paperback) (Dave Reidy)
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"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.