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Orphans of the Carnival

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Orphans of the Carnival by Carol Birch
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Oct 03, 2017 | ISBN 9781101973097

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“Tender and shocking.” —The Guardian

“Enjoyable and moving. . . . If readers can resist looking [to] the internet before finishing the novel, they will be rewarded by the sort of bizarre twist that can happen only in real life.” —Financial Times

“With great sensitivity and compassion, Birch reclaims Julia Pastrana’s humanity and offers an opportunity to see this woman the way she should have been seen more than 150 years ago.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Strange and beautiful. . . . Captures the lost world of carnivals and smoky backstreet theatres with hallucinatory vividness.” —The Times (London)

“[Birch’s] latest heroine is her most spectacular yet. The bare facts of Julia Pasterna’s brief and poignant life read like a piece of extravagant magic realism.” —The Times Literary Supplement

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