The Final Confession of Mabel Stark by Robert Hough

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About Robert Hough

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Robert Hough is one of Canada's most critically acclaimed writers and has been published to rave reviews in fifteen countries. His debut novel, The Final Confession of Mabel Stark, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and was a New York Public Library Best Book . His second novel, The Stowaway, was a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Award and chosen by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten fiction titles of the year. His most recent novel, The Culprits, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. He lives in Toronto. More information about Dr. Brinkley's Tower and Robert Hough can be found at www.roberthough.ca





Author Residence: Toronto, ON
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 452 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Barnes Wild Animal Circus—where she learns to “work” the big cats, marries lion tamer Louis Roth, and meets the real love of her life: a stunningly beautiful Bengal tiger cub that grows into her 550-pound partner, Rajah, in a world-famous “wrestling act.” Tales of success and fame with Ringling B...

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The Final Confession of Mabel Stark by Robert Hough Atlantic £10.99, pp430 Mabel Stark née Mary Haynie, star of the 1920s Ringling Circus, trained innumerable tigers and married five husbands;

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Entertainment Weekly

By page 24, the narrator -- a fictionalization of the real-life superstar tiger trainer of the 1910s and '20s -- is already begging the reader to cut her some slack: ''If I stop to describe exactly how scared I was every time something scary happens, we'll be here for the next ten years.

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Much in the same way that reality TV shows are, at best, loosely based on reality, Robert Hough's The Final Confession of Mabel Stark is loosely based on the life of one of the most famous tiger trainers of the Roaring '20s.

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