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The Greatest Show: Stories (Yellow Shoe Fiction) Paperback – March 5, 2012
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''Brilliant as individual pieces, these stories when read together are a revelation. The Greatest Show is the work of a mature, compassionate, incisive writer with a talent for discovering strange surprises at the periphery of tragedy.'' --Sheri Joseph, author of Stray and Bear Me Safely Over
''Though each story stands alone in scope and power, the larger portrait of a community bound and propelled by fate--specifically, a catastrophic circus fire--is a stellar, magical achievement. The Greatest Show is a fantastically conceived, compelling book.'' --Sabina Murray, author of The Caprices and Tales of the New World
''As he did in his fine nonfiction, House of Good Hope, Michael Downs has penned a heartbreaking paean to Hartford, an overlooked American city, using its circus fire as a starting point. Having begun his career at the Courant, the author is quickly staking his claim as this capital's William Kennedy.'' --Stewart O Nan, author of Emily, Alone and The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy
About the Author
Michael Downs, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, is the author of House of Good Hope: A Promise for a Broken City, which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. A recipient of a literary fiction fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, he lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is an assistant professor of English at Towson University.
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Top Customer Reviews
Each story stands alone, so much so that I had to take a break before starting the next one. But they connect to each other just enough so that the reader can recognize an old friend coming into focus bringing context and depth to the tale that's being told. Downs uses several narrators, with each voice sounding so authentic that it's easy to forget that he is not a circus roustabout or a troubled teenage girl, but just a terrific writer.
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Michael Downs does remarkable things with this book. The linked stories overlap in wonderful ways, allowing us to know more and more and more about characters we have come to know... Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by PMc
Michael Downs has constructed a virtual novel of interconnected short stories centering on the Hartford Circus Fire of 1944. Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by P. Wyatt