The Circus in Winter

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jul 6, 2005 - Fiction - 288 pages
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From 1884 to 1939, the Great Porter Circus made the unlikely choice to winter in an Indiana town called Lima, a place that feels as classic as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, and as wondrous as a first trip to the Big Top. In Lima an elephant can change the course of a man's life-or the manner of his death. Jennie Dixianna entices men with her dazzling Spin of Death and keeps them in line with secrets locked in a cedar box. The lonely wife of the show's manager has each room of her house painted like a sideshow banner, indulging her desperate passion for a young painter. And a former clown seeks consolation from his loveless marriage in his post-circus job at Clown Alley Cleaners. Cathy Day follows the circus people into their everyday lives and brings the greatest show on earth to the page.
 

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While Morgenstern's circus is a magical one, it is no less a community with multiple stories playing out behind the tents. Readers get to encounter only a few of these stories, as most are kept in the ... Read full review

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Display No 1 WALLACE PORTER
Display No 2 JENNIE DIXIANNA
Display No 3 THE LAST MEMBER OF THE BOELA TRIBE
Display No 4 THE CIRCUS HOUSE
Display No 5 WINNESAW
Display No 6 THE LONE STAR COWBOY
Display No 7 THE JUNGLE GOOLAH BOY
Display No 8 THE KING AND HIS COURT
Display No 9 BOSS MAN
Display No 10 THE BULLHOOK
Display No 11 CIRCUS PEOPLE
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CATHY DAY grew up in Peru, Indiana, once the winter homem of several circuses. One of her great-uncles was the world’s fastest ticket taker, another was an elephant trainer. She lives in Ewing, New Jersey, and teaches at The College of New Jersey.

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