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Wendy SmithAt first glance, Simon Mawer's ninth novel seems a surprising change of pace. In previous books, including Mendel's Dwarf and The Glass Room…Mawer braided together past and present in narratives that ranged over decades to encompass an abundance of topics, from tangled family relations to religious faith and political repression. Trapeze, by contrast, is a stark, focused adventure…But don't dismiss [it] as a highbrow's lunge for the commercial brass ring. Although narrower in scope than Mawer's earlier work, it is no less rich and provocative. And in Marian he has created a marvelous heroine, called by circumstance to a life she was born for.
—The Washington Post