Born into a Jewish family in small-town Iowa, the only boy among six sisters, Mose Sharp couldn't leave home soon enough. By sixteen Mose had already joined the vaudeville circuit. When comedian Rocky Carter came crashing into his life - a thirty-year partnership was born. But as their comedy team thrived from the vaudeville backwaters to Hollywood, it was Mose who had all the best lines offstage, Rocky would go through money, women, and wives in his restless search for love; Mose would settle down to a family life marked by fragile joy and wrenching tragedy. And soon, cracks were appearing in their complex relationship...until one unforgivable act leads to another and a partnership begins to unravel.
Elizabeth McCracken was born in Boston in 1966. Since the age of 15 she has been a librarian first at the Newton (Mass.) Free Library, then the University of Pennsylvania humanities and social science library. She was the Circulation Desk Chief at the Somerville (Mass.) Public Library until the fall of 1995. She has had fellowships from the University of Iowa; the Michener Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Somerville Arts Council; and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where she was twice a fellow. Her work has been shortlisted for the National Book Award and has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Michener Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She was also honoured as one of Granta's 20 Best American Writers Under 40.