Goldenland Past Dark

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ChiZine Publications, 2013 - Fiction - 274 pages
5 Reviews

A hostile stranger is hunting Dr. Show's ramshackle travelling circus across 1960s America. His target: the ringmaster himself. Struggling to elude the menace, Dr. Show scraps his ambitious= itinerary; ticket sales plummet, and nothing but disaster looms. The troupe's unravelling hopes fall on their latest and most promising recruit, Webern Bell, a sixteen-year-old hunchbacked midget devoted obsessively to perfecting the surreal clown performances that come to him in his dreams. But as they travel through a landscape of abandoned amusement parks and rural ghost towns, Webern's bizarre past starts to pursue him, as well.

Along the way, we meet Nepenthe, the seductive Lizard Girl; Brunhilde, a shell-shocked bearded lady; Marzipan, a world-weary chimp; a cabal of drunken, backstabbing clowns; Webern's uncanny sisters, witchy dogcatchers who speak only in rhymes; and his childhood friend, Wags, who may or may not be imaginary, and whose motives are far more sinister than they seem.

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User Review  - Beth Rea - Goodreads

I wavered between 4 and 5 stars. This first effort really rates a 4.5. The story is imaginative and well-thought out. There is some choppiness and bouncing around and a 5-year-gap between Part One and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kari - Goodreads

his book almost seemed to be two separate stories. The beginning lead me in one direction and then switched in the middle and headed off in another. I expected the entire story to follow the exploits ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

CHANDLER KLANG SMITH is a graduate of Bennington College and the Creative Writing MFA Program at Columbia University, where she received a Writing Fellowship. She lives in New York City.

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