"...heartbreaking at times and thrilling at others.
"I have to agree with the blurb, this book is 'Haunting in every sense of the word.'"
- Read2Review/Mama Knows Books
"Ms. Bartholomew's writing really stands out ... especially when she describes how Lucinda attempts to find her way from the other side to the world of the living. Those interludes had a lyrical and dream-like quality to them."
"Ms. Bartholomew deftly weaves the past and present into a rich, compelling read. Highly recommended!"
- Victoria Lynne, Author, WITH THIS RING
From the Author
After unsuccessfully searching for the truth about the house's origins, I conjured up its imagined history: The Midget's House.
But this book isn't solely the product of my imagination. While I can't count the hours, days, weeks, months, that I spent searching old records, rare books, and newspaper archives, the greatest contributions to the story came from circus people who have lived what I only imagined. This book couldn't have been written without their help.
Circus historian Bob Horne, past president of Showfolks of Sarasota, a society that exists to benefit circus people, was incredibly generous with his time and documents. Bob supplied much of the detail about traveling shows of the early twentieth century as well as some of the interesting insights about behind-the-scenes quirks of circus life.
Circus performers Margie Geiger (Wallenda), Giovanni Zoppe (Nino), Arthur Grotefent (Wallenda), Aaron Garcia, Marco Lorenzo Robles, Kelsey DelMonte, Trevan DelMonte, and others patiently explained their acts to me. Some graciously put up with my nosing around and peppering them with questions as they set up their gear and rehearsed for their circus performances.
I must also thank several organizations including Showfolks of Sarasota, the Ringling Circus Museum, and the Sarasota Historical Society.