Come see the oddest of oddities, the tragic spectacle of twisted humanity at Mosco’s Traveling Wonder Show. We have a towering giant, a shrunken dwarf, a bearded woman, the albino family of Bora Bora, and the strangest of all: Portia, the ‘normal’ girl that made freaks into a family. But that family can’t protect her if Mister finds her. And Mister always finds hi wayward girls.
This is a delightful historical fiction tale set in a circus during the Great Depression. It has great period detail and a very unique setting. It was fascinating to get a realistic look into the freak shows of old. Barnaby builds a wonderful supporting cast and an amazing protagonist. Portia is a natural born storyteller and liar, which almost always makes for a great character. She’s resourceful and clever, but also very flawed. This drives the plot forward in a way that makes it feel meaningful and make sense why a ‘normal’ girl would have to live with so called ‘freaks’. Her storytelling and lies work as a metafictional examination of the power of stories to shape the reality we want to live. The ending feels a bit rushed and sort of too neat. I mean, how realistic is a ‘happy’ ending in the Great Depression? But have no fear; the book is more than good enough to handle a less than perfect finish. I highly recommend this to anyone that wants a good story with a unique setting, but especially for fans of historical fiction.
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