Circus Of The Grand Design by Robert Freeman Wexler

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When a man named Lewis rents a vacation house on Long Island for a few days, he doesn't expect to end up on a crazy circus train ride to nowhere. His one night in the house, he burns it down. Then he meets charismatic Joseph Dillon, manager of the Circus of the Grand Design. Knowing he needs to leave the area in a hurry, Lewis agrees to join the circus as a publicist, despite Dillon's warning that he might not be able to return to the place he began. The circus's private train travels an infinite dream-loop to unknown lands, and Lewis becomes lost amongst crazy acrobats, sexy elephant riders, a magical mechanical horse, a giant woman and her savage, prehistoric rodent bears, an egotistical juggler and a fertility goddess who takes exceptional interest in him. The train, its residents and the places they visit form a complex puzzle that Lewis feels compelled to solve; this, then, is the Circus of the Grand Design.

About Robert Freeman Wexler

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Robert Freeman Wexler's stories have appeared in several small press magazines, including The Third Alternative, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Full Unit Hookup, and The Journal of Experimental Fiction. He has worked as a proofreader, bookseller, public relations associate for an engineering company, typesetter, and book production editor. Once, he spent half a day unloading trucks at a warehouse during a solar eclipse. He has lived in Houston and Austin, Texas, New York City, and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He currently lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He has a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1997, he attended the Clarion West Writer's Workshop.
Published September 6, 2011 by infinity plus. 316 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A traveling circus with an otherworldly pedigree serves as a supportive surrogate family for a directionless young man in this diverting traipse through the terrain of magic realism. Lewis, an amia

Jul 26 2004 | Read Full Review of Circus Of The Grand Design

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Lewis recognises the plot he's working through even as he enacts its stages: he finds himself drafted to ride Attis, he finds himself the vessel through which Cybele's fertility is passed to the other Circus members, and he starts to wake up:.

Jun 27 2006 | Read Full Review of Circus Of The Grand Design

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