Among the Wonderful: A Novel

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"The great strength of this book is Carlson's evocation of time and place." -- O, The Oprah Magazine

"Carlson ably exploits this historical milieu, describing the milling crowds in the exhibition halls; the malodorous, dangerous alleyways of the slum called Five Points; the swampy, still-wild edges of Upper Manhattan. . . . [she] writes sensitively, often beautifully, of the desire to be free of the gaze of others, of the misery of serving as a mirror in which others may see themselves." -- New York Times Book Review

Carlson's "portrait of mid-19th-century New York is as finely hatched as any . . . But what draws you in are her two narrators, each fumbling their way toward the rest of humanity, toward what is wonderful about being part of the world." --East Bay Express

"Carlson (sets) her story before the dawn of the modern circus, in the little-explored days when Barnum was a museum man . . . And (Ana) Swift is a most charming narrator with which to explore this world. . . . The great mystery of Wonderful is that Barnum, the flashiest character in the 1800s, doesn't keep center stage. Instead, all our focus, and the entirety of our affection, is directed to the noticeably slouching giantess at the fringes of the action. That's some kind of show-business magic at work." -- The Stranger (Seattle)

"A strange, rollicking often poignant tale." -- San Jose Mercury News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586422011
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,435,776
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacy Carlson
Stacy Carlson

Stacy Carlson's work has appeared in In Pieces: An Anthology of Fragmentary Writing, Inkwell, and Lumina. She won the 2003 Dana Portfolio Award, given for three book-length manuscripts, and was awarded residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California and Galleri Svalbard, in Norway. A native of Seattle, she now lives in Oakland, California. www.amongthewonderful.com.

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