Juggling: A Novel

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Sep 8, 2015 - Fiction - 310 pages
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Sparky Christina and her saintly adopted sister Pam couldn't be more different. Raised in New York, they are sent to boarding school in England where they meet the similarly mismatched friends Jago and Peter. The four embark on a dazzling series of pairings and partings, outrageous coincidences, and eleventh-hour entrances. Their camaraderie is interrupted one disastrous Halloween when schoolboy revelry turns horribly wrong. Three years on, as Christina analyzes the wit, cruelty, and crossed genders of Shakespearean comedy, the cast of her own life reunites and the curtain falls on some gloriously unexpected partnerships.

"Why did it take me so long to discover the singular joys of Barbara Trapido's novels? Why, for so many years, had I missed these witty, soulful, heartbreaking, expansive, brilliant tales? I have become a literary evangelist on her behalf. On account of my badgering, all my friends now love her, too. I won't rest until everyone in America has read (and fallen in love with) this fabulous author." --Elizabeth Gilbert

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I was very much enjoying the book when it ended abruptly, with an ending that was rather contrived in its convolutedness, which detracted from Trapido's fantastic set-up and cast. Read full review

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Pam Christina and the Nearly Father Intersecting Circles
Jago Peter and the Dog Star The Lost Boys
The Fat Priest the Nice Young Man and the Beautiful Dark
The Stolen Boy and the Idea of the Objective Correlative
The Ghouls the Beata Beatrix and the SisterSprite
The Floating Boy and the Falling Star
Judith and Dulcie Late and Early Perpendicular
Hugo Campbell Recumbent The Green Man by Water
The Scarlet Woman the Green Rabbit and the Very Telling Cranium
Set Notation and the Holy Trinity
Twins Siblings and Shadow Theatre
Orphans Jugglers and Tall Hats
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Barbara Trapido was born in South Africa and is the author of seven novels. She lives in Oxford, England.

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