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Orphans of the Carnival

(2016)
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Pronounced by the most eminent physician of the day to be "a true hybrid wherein the nature of woman presides over that of the brute", Julia Pastrana stood apart from the other carnival acts. She was fluent in English, French, and Spanish, an accomplished musician with an exquisite singing voice, and equally at ease riding horseback and turning pirouettes - but all anyone noticed was her utterly unusual face. Alternately vilified and celebrated, Julia toured the world, often hobnobbing with high society as she made her fame and fortune.

Beneath the flashy lights and thunderous applause lies a bright, compassionate young woman who only wants people to see beyond her hairy visage - and, perhaps, the chance for love. When Julia visits a mysterious shaman in the back alleys of New Orleans, he gives her a potion and says that she'll find a man within the year. Sure enough, Julia soon meets Theodore Lent, a boyishly charming showman who catapults Julia onto the global stage. As they travel the world, the two fall into an easy intimacy, but the question of whether Theo truly cares for Julia or if his management is just a gentler form of exploitation lingers heavily with every kind word.

Genre: Literary Fiction    

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November 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Orphans of the Carnival: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 0-385-54152-X / 978-0-385-54152-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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September 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: Orphans of the Carnival
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 1-78211-654-0 / 978-1-78211-654-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Orphans of the Carnival: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 1-101-97309-9 / 978-1-101-97309-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Orphans of the Carnival
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 1-78211-656-7 / 978-1-78211-656-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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September 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Orphans of the Carnival
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 1-78211-929-9 / 978-1-78211-929-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

November 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Orphans at the Carnival: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 1-68168-258-3 / 978-1-68168-258-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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November 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Orphans at the Carnival: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Birch
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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September 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Orphans of the Carnival
Author(s): Carol Birch
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

November 2016 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Orphans of the Carnival: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Birch
Publisher: Anchor
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September 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Orphans of the Carnival
Author(s): Carol Birch
Publisher: Canongate Books
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