With Civil War closing in, a small horse-drawn circus travels the southeastern United States in a time when there was no electricity, no paved roads, few bridges, and poor directions between towns. Braving bad weather, outlaws, and the clouds of war, this is the true story of one circus family that made that tour. It is a love story of a young girl who was a bareback rider with the circus and the young man who joined the circus just to be near her. It is also the story of a black man who joined the circus to search for his sister who was a slave. It is the story of lifetime friendships that bonded men from the North and South, black and white, in a love for each other that transcended the horror of approaching war. Based on characters who were there and events that actually happened, this book is at once a love story and great adventure. This is the story of a two–and-a-half-year-long, six-thousand-mile adventure and the people who were there. For reader reviews, log on to Amazon.com and search for “The Great Southern Circus.”
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This book was well written and easy to read. The story line was captivating. You do not want to put it down once you get started. Can't wait for his next book
The Great Southern Circus is not only about circus folk in the 19th century, it is also about the South. Nick West is able to capture, in this book, the language and culture of the times, but most of all the fortitude, passion and creativeness of this generation. I am looking forward to the sequel.
After reading The Great Southern Circus , I found it hard to believe that Nick West had not written before. The historical research really opened my eyes to what it must have been like to travel in a circus as the Civil War was approaching. The book left me wanting to know more~ as I reminded myself that this was indeed a "true" story! I so hope he continues to write. It was a great read!!