Charlotte Alexandra Long is determined to create her own life, but severe reverberations await her at the crossroads of each decision and always the possibility that the very thing she put in place on her own terms could be wiped away by an uncertain future. As Pepper's Ghost weaves in and out of her experiences as a teen and young adult, and locations in the South and Midwest, Alex emerges from the remains of young Charlotte, but her evolving identity will never escape being an outsider in society's eyes. After a series of ill-fitting jobs, Alex joins a traveling amusement company as a sideshow performer, where illusion and reality interplay through the metaphor of an old theater trick. She faces challenges from her troubled but devoted father, her self-absorbed mother, a spectrum of circus employees, and emotional ties to memories and places that give solace in times of ambiguity and loneliness.
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In this book of self exploration the reader gets to experience the floating sensation of growing up and self realization through the eyes of Alex. It's haunting in its contrast of youth and emptiness and blurs the lines between beauty and decay. I found it to be an interesting read and accurate in the portrayal of a mid 20s woman searching for truth.
Took it a while to get going for me, but a good heartfelt story.
Thoroughly enjoyed. Nice easy read. Very much recommended.
Interesting read about the carnival life,sheds some light on how they live.Enjoyed Charlotte's character.
An interesting read about a young woman trying to find stability against the odds. I enjoyed the heart-warming scenes where Alex spent time with her father. The circus scenes were fun and felt true. An enjoyable read about a girl with great courage to stand up each time life knocked her down. Thanks to publisher Black Rose Writing, Netgalley and William Auten!