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Queen of the Air

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Queen of the Air by Dean N. Jensen
Jun 11, 2013 | ISBN 9780307986580

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“[A] moving and deep portrait of two central figures in a largely forgotten chapter of Americana.”
USA Today

“[A] tale told in broad, bold swathes of primary color, like the gigantic posters that commemorate the big top’s golden days, yet as with any good book, delight awaits in the details, as well…
[I]rresistible…thrilling…strikes just the right balance between the intimate and the showmanly. In addition to the mystery and glamour conjured around their acts, Jensen leaves you with an awed respect for Leitzel and Codona’s almost perverse devotion to their craft and to the circus life.”
“Dean Jensen has pulled off an amazing temporal triple play. He’s told a story that’s completely of its time, yet often resonates with ours, and in its tragic dimension feels as timeless as a Greek myth…Jensen re-creates the world of circus life so vividly a reader’s almost tempted to check the ground for elephant droppings… Like a gifted ringmaster, Jensen knows what every performer, major or minor, in this show can do, and seems to bring each one on at just the right time. While Leitzel, Codona and their circle may have almost passed from public memory, Jensen brings them back to the center ring in his book.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For anyone who knows that stardust can be a tarnished and magic is an illusion, Queen of the Air absolutely soars.”
Eagle Tribune

“[S]hocking and heartbreaking… Artfully choreographed, this act is sure to draw big audiences.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The true story of Leitzel, a circus aerialist who was the Evelyn Nesbitt of her time, is mesmerizing—part fable, part history and part dream.  Meticulously researched, QUEEN OF THE AIR reads like a fine novel.”
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and What We Saw Last Night
 “Daring the devil with consummate grace is what many of the circus arts are all about, aerially or in the ground game. These two nonpareil performers—flyers both—ultimately crashed, but not before putting on a glistering show.”
—Edward Hoagland, author of Children are Diamonds

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