Masters of Illusions: A Novel of the Connecticut Circus Fire

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Grand Central Publishing, Sep 26, 2009 - Fiction - 224 pages
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In an historical novel based on the 1944 Barnum & Bailey's circus tent fire that killed hundreds, two survivors reexamine their lives and marriage while seeking the fire's true cause. By the author of The Port of Missing Men.

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Masters of illusion

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The intrusion of the past into the lives of Charlie and Margie O'Neill is revealed in a deceptively simple story with its roots in the historical 1944 Barnum & Bailey circus tent fire, in Hartford ... Read full review


Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten

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About the author (2009)

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith is the author of 5 previous novels including most recently An American Killing, which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Connecticut.

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