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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User Review  - bookworm12 - LibraryThing

I love reading books set in my home state, Indiana, but they are few and far between. So I was excited to discover this book, the story of a circus whose home base was in Indiana. The whole book is ... Read full review

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User Review  - susanbevans - LibraryThing

Cathy Day's The Circus in Winter is a collection of stories woven through the lives of people connected in some way with the Great Porter Circus. The "feel" of the stories is almost historical ... Read full review

Contents

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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