Nasia Anan

The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

Ann Marie Fleming

Ann Marie Fleming's graphic novel, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam, is a whirlwind, magical mystery tale of origin-searching. The novel, an adaptation of Fleming's documentary film, tracks her search through five continents to uncover the occult details of her once famous greatgrandfather, Long Tack Sam. Fleming's great-grandfather was, at the turn of the last century, the most celebrated Chinese acrobat and magician on the vaudeville circuit, rubbing elbows with the European aristocracy and winning the hearts of American theatergoers.