"Following in the footsteps of her tiger-taming grandmother, a woman flees her abusive husband to join the circus in this masterful, heartfelt work of women's fiction. Anna Michaels won raves for her debut novel, The Tender Mercy of Roses, with novelist Pat Conroy calling her "a truly gifted writer." Now Michaels has crafted a poignant portrayal of a woman on the edge seeking solace in the past. Nobody in the family talks about Ellen's grandmother, Lola, who was swallowed up by the circus and emerged as a woman who tamed tigers and got away scot-free for killing her husband. When Ellen's husband, Wayne, beats her nearly to death, she runs to the only place she knows where a woman can completely disappear-the same Big Top that once sheltered her grandmother. Though the circus moves from one town to the next, Wayne tracks it, and Ellen, relentlessly. At the same time, Ellen learns more about her feisty, fiery relative, and the heritage that is hers for the taking-if she dares. With her violent husband hot on her trail, Ellen must learn to stand up and fight for herself, to break the cycle of abuse, and pass down a story of love and redemption to her children. "
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"Nicole Poole delivers the rich atmospheres of this story of a womanÕs triumph over her abusive husband. With her Aunt Ruth at her side, Ellen finds a path to freedom. Following in her grandmotherÕs footsteps, Ellen, with the aid of Ruth, joins the circus. Poole deftly presents the many characters, ranging from kids to circus patriarchs. She finds the key to the feisty and steadfast Ruth as a character to be reckoned with and credibly portrays the transformation of a tentative abused wife to an independent woman who rediscovers her strength and purpose. PooleÕs narration and the well-crafted story are a compelling combination. J.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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