An understated and quiet novel about the transformative power of the theater. Unassuming in its fantastical elements, this is about a woman with an unsettled past affecting her present and the intersecting coincidences that move her toward the future. Maggie is relatable and her journey compelling.
When Maggie Graham lost her job, she thought a long weekend in Vermont would be just the thing, not imagining she’d find herself at the Crossroads Theatre, auditioning for summer stock. Cast in three very different shows, Maggie is drawn back into a world she thought she’d left behind, amongst one of the most unusual theater crews she’s ever encountered. Enigmatic and otherworldly director Rowan Mackenzie never leaves the theater and uncannily casts people not in the roles they want, but for the ones they need. (DAW, May, 448 pp., $7.99)