Goldenland Past Dark

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ChiZine Publications, 2013 - Fiction - 274 pages
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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 sixteenyearold 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 shellshocked bearded lady; Marzipan, a worldweary 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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Book Info: Genre: Dark speculative fiction Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Fans of the journey Trigger Warnings: murder, clowns My Thoughts: I think this book would have been better if it had ... 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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