The Circus in Winter

The Circus in Winter

by Cathy Day
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The Circus in Winter by Cathy Day

From 1884 to 1939, the Great Porter Circus made the unlikely choice to winter in an Indiana town called Lima, a place that feels as classic as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, and as wondrous as a first trip to the Big Top. In Lima an elephant can change the course of a man's life-or the manner of his death. Jennie Dixianna entices men with her dazzling Spin of Death and keeps them in line with secrets locked in a cedar box. The lonely wife of the show's manager has each room of her house painted like a sideshow banner, indulging her desperate passion for a young painter. And a former clown seeks consolation from his loveless marriage in his post-circus job at Clown Alley Cleaners. Cathy Day follows the circus people into their everyday lives and brings the greatest show on earth to the page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547864563
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/06/2005
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

CATHY DAY grew up in Peru, Indiana, once the winter homem of several circuses. One of her great-uncles was the world’s fastest ticket taker, another was an elephant trainer. She lives in Ewing, New Jersey, and teaches at The College of New Jersey.

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The Circus in Winter 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you prefer plot-driven stories, character-driven stories, or stories with gorgeous sentences that dance in your head, I definitely recommend Cathy Day's debut. I recently finished reading 'The Circus in Winter' recently and LOVED it. It's the best book I've read since Amy Tan's ¿The Bonesetter's Daughter¿ and joins the short list of books that have made me cry (only seven). As good as the individual stories are, the cumulative effect of the stories is so much stronger and novelistic. Excitement, mystery, drama, humor, everything you could ever want is here. By the end of the book when a descendant of circus folk revisits the town and walks around the cemetery, we know all the people ourselves and they are our ghosts too. My favorite characters were Wallace Porter and Jennie Dixianna--it was great how they kept coming back, perceived differently by everyone, like presiding spirits, unofficial king and queen of the circus. 'The King and His Court' is the story that really gave me goosebumps, and I think probably the best one. Overall, the prose manages that difficult balancing act between a conversational tone and flourishes of poetry. My favorite sentence was at the very end of ¿Jennie Dixianna¿: ¿This was her story--a collage of broken glass from a thousand shattered bottles, and each new shard made her stronger and more beautiful.¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like a jigsaw puzzle, once put together they form a complete picture of the people who made up this circus town.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was not thrilled with this book. i just could not get into it. each chapter is a story about a different character and while some were interesting, i certainly wasn't drawn to keep reading. i finished the book only because i was out of the country and could not find anything else to read.