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Posted June 2, 2010
It is so rare that a book can truly capture the raw emotion and inevitable humor of everyday life in such an honest way. This book does that. I was deeply and profoundly affected by each character; invested in their lives as if I had known them personally as neighbors and friends. Whether the story of a displaced Plooftop carnie, or that of a resident of the small town of Fluker, LA that embraced them, each journey was like sneaking a peek at a hidden treasure; a rare and intimate opportunity you were being granted to share a small part of each of their lives, however briefly.
This book was funny, moving and real, and every page was a pleasure.
A circus settles in the small Louisiana town of Fluker, and strange and wonderful stories ensue. This is a very unique book and a pleasure to read. The author knows how to grab your interest and amaze you with his prose. I look forward to his next novel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This work is a collection of short stories woven together around this old carnival whose attractions take up residence in a small Louisiana town. With this framework the author merges these elements of the past and fantasy together with the quaint small-town life as we know and expect it to be. Bearded ladies walk down main street, and your children might be best friends with a troll, and so that fantastical world is pressed up right next to the world that we think of, and yet both worlds are human, and both worlds demonstrate the complexity and depth of emotions and the human psyche. That's probably why I enjoyed this work so much, the collision of the surreal and normal kept me engrossed in every unique and fascinating character.
There is much to be found in these stories, and some of them were just wrenching to the reader as one finds himself surrounded by characters that seem larger than life and somehow present in ourselves and the people we know.
You should give this work a read, I think most will find it charming, engaging and accessible while taking you to the heart of how and what defines people.