EDWARD HOAGLAND, one of America's most distinguished writers, is the author of fifteen books, including Walking the Dead Diamond River (page TK), The Courage of Turtles, Red Wolves and Black Bears (page TK), African Calliope, The Tugman's Passage (page TK), Balancing Acts (page TK), and Tigers & Ice (page TK). He lives in Vermont and teaches in the English Department at Bennington College.
Cat Manby Edward Hoagland
Fiddler, an intelligent young man, has joined the circus because he is broke. He becomes the Cat Man, keeper of the big cats, and his hands have the scars to prove it. The cats - the panther, the jaguar, the cheetah, the tigers, the enormous lazy male lion named Joe, and Rita, the killer leopard - all become intriguing characters in their own right, brilliantly populating the novel along with their freakish human cohorts, who include the animal department head, the train crew, the seat department, the prop men, the winos, and the townies. Etched in exquisite detail, Cat Man is a crystalline portal into the bizarre and fascinating world beneath the big top.
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