The Blue Moon Circus: A Novel
Title: The Blue Moon Circus: A Novel
Author: Michael Raleigh
Lewis Tully has not been in the circus business since he was wiped out by a flood in 1919. When a poker game generates a fair amount of cash, he decides to give it one more go. He summons performers to create a small but special circus. His most difficult task though is to take care of a nine-year-old orphan put in his care.
“An absolute charmer.”—Library Journal Starred Review
“Simply put, this is a ripsnorting good historical yarn full of circus lore, so smartly told by an expert storyteller that it’s the kind of book truly deserving that overused term ‘page-turner.’”—Chicago Sun-Times
“With no safety net, Raleigh takes a spectacular highwire route…making it all look easy in this captivating tale of a decent man in a very hard world. Beguiling, wise and wonderful.”—Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
“A heartwarming, often humorous story filled with interesting circus lore as well as deeper themes about the value of human connection, especially as life winds down.”—Booklist
“Rollicking, warmhearted…As dramatic and engaging as a high-wire act, the novel combines honest story-telling with down-home wit. There’s plenty of smartly written, feel-good fun under this big top.”
For the boy, it was the first real chance for a future. For the man, it was one last chance to triumph over his past. Opportunities like these happen only once in a Blue Moon.