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Orphans of the Carnival

(2016)
A novel by

 
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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Hardback Editions

November 2016 : USA Hardback
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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

September 2016 : UK Hardback
Title: Orphans of the Carnival
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 1-78211-654-0 / 978-1-78211-654-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

May 2017 : UK Paperback
Title: Orphans of the Carnival
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 1-78211-656-7 / 978-1-78211-656-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2016 : UK Paperback
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
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

November 2016 : USA Audio CD
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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: Orphans at the Carnival: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Birch
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

September 2016 : UK Audio edition
Title: Orphans of the Carnival
Author(s): Carol Birch
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2016 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Orphans of the Carnival: A Novel
Author(s): Carol Birch
Publisher: Doubleday
Availability: Amazon   

September 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Orphans of the Carnival
Author(s): Carol Birch
Publisher: Canongate Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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