The Motion of Puppets (audiobook)

9.4 hrs • 8 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 10/04/16
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 10/04/16 9781504746663
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 10/04/16 9781504746687
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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An October 2016 LibraryReads Pick

A BookPage Top Pick for October 2016

From the bestselling author of The Boy Who Drew Monsters and The Stolen Child comes a modern take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice—a suspenseful tale of romance and enchantment

In the Old City of Québec, Kay Harper falls in love with a puppet in the window of the Quatre Mains, a toy shop that is never open. She is spending her summer working as an acrobat with the cirque while her husband, Theo, is translating a biography of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Late one night, Kay fears someone is following her home. Surprised to see that the lights of the toy shop are on and the door is open, she takes shelter inside.

The next morning Theo wakes up to discover his wife is missing. Under police suspicion and frantic about her disappearance, he obsessively searches the streets of the Old City. Meanwhile, Kay has been transformed into a puppet and is now a prisoner of the back room of the Quatre Mains, trapped with an odd assemblage of puppets from all over the world who can only come alive between the hours of midnight and dawn. The only way she can return to the human world is if Theo can find her and recognize her in her new form. So begins a dual odyssey of a husband determined to find his wife and of a woman trapped in a magical world where her life is not her own.

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“Full of glorious detail.”

New York Journal of Books

“Donohue’s masterpiece of psychological horror…is a tale of true love and the beauty of the mechanics of motion all wrapped up in one awesomely creep-tastic package.”

Booklist (starred review)

“Donohue adeptly blends reality and fantasy…Donahue’s novel examines how refusing to embrace the present and struggling to escape unavoidable circumstances can alter one’s life forever.”

Publishers Weekly

“Fascinatingly bizarre…Patterned after the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, this dark tale embodies relationships, memory, choice, and consequences.”

Library Journal

“Set in the Old City of Quebec…Donohue’s magical blend of love story, myth, and supernatural suspense makes this a chilling and unforgettable read.”


“An engrossing novel of love, fancy, and enchantment.”

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