Circus Girl & Other Stories
A little girl discovers the power of the creative impulse. A woman remembers her first confusing sexual encounter. An aging flower child travels to Mexico to save her daughter. A baby is born with blue feet. A man ponders his ex-wife's last word.
These characters and the others who live in the pages of Circus Girl & Other Stories are seeking, wisely or foolishly, successfully or vainly, to make sense of their lives and to become more completely themselves. For some, the self-examined life leads deeper into darkness; others find the crack in their universe that lets the light in.
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What they are saying about Circus Girl:
Lois Ann Abraham's stories chronicle the lives of unique women and marginalized girls, all of whom are waiting for somebody to take notice and wrap them up in love. Written with the tender precision of a seamstress, these stories are the kind that Grace Paley would have paused and listened to: deceptively spare, quietly urgent, and extraordinarily rich.
—Jodi Angel, author of You Only Get Letters From Jail
Circus Girl & Other Stories is a row of peepholes made of clearest glass, or made of air you can fall right through into each of these stories. Abraham's gift is writing without contrivance, without a single sly, compromising wink to the reader. It feels unsafe, immediate, like a sudden and intimate connection with a series of strangers. The effect is unforgettable.
—Lydia Netzer, author of How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky
Lois Ann Abraham writes with such easy, empathic authority, in sentences that unfold with such grace, the reader finds it easy to ride the flow, even into the dark places of the soul.
—Louis B. Jones, author of Radiance
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