A grieving college professor finds solace in composing the biography of a silent film star who disappeared at the beginning of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Imagine the author’s surprise when the actor he and everyone else presumes is dead, insists on a meeting.
Is it a hoax? Where has the actor been hiding for the past sixty years? And why is he revealing himself now?
Paul Auster’s The Book of Illusions uses stories within stories to trace a life spent both in and out of the spotlight and contrast two lives marred by tragedy. Film aficionados and fans of mystery will love this intriguing novel.