A Fool Rides the Wheel of Fortune

A Fool Rides the Wheel of Fortune

by Steven M. Fernand


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May Day, 1970... Annabelle, nineteen and disheartened with her coal-town prospects, meets Walt, who runs a game in a traveling carnival and wins a date with her after the show closes. Wandering McCain's Magic Midway, she enters a sideshow, where a three-armed man reads her Tarot cards. Their mysterious images echo her reality. Later, at a bar in town, Walt boasts of life on the road, and Annabelle confesses her yen to be elsewhere. She takes a shot at adventure and romance, goes to his hotel room, and the next night rolls out of town with Walt and the show --- joining a bizarre troupe of characters, who embody aspects of the archetypal Trumps in the Tarot's Major Arcana. Annabelle narrates her tale of one week among the strange society of a West Virginia carnival, whereupon her love for Walt takes wing amid blind lust, yet soon flutters in and out of her confused heart.

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ISBN-13: 9780985807047
Publisher: Edgewise Publications
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Steven Fernand grew up in a Massachusetts factory town. In his early twenties, he wandered the East Coast as a singer-songwriter, financed by seasonal work in carnival games. After quitting the midway, he shifted from song to prose, and began to read hungrily. In the Virgin Islands, he became a sandal maker. Returning stateside in 1982, Fernand designed a line of handmade footwear, and set up shop in Michigan. In 2006, he sold his business and began writing this novel. Fernand now spends summers in Northern Michigan and winters in Gulfport, Florida, where he performs his reinterpretations of some of the better songs of the last century, peruses the writings of Carl Jung, James Hillman, and Joseph Campbell, and ponders his next allegory.

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