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Can you recommend books (fiction) that are based around the lives of Circus entertainers?

Asked by OpryLeigh (25290points) March 1st, 2011

I am currently reading Geek Love by Katherine Dunn which I love and I have also read Water For Elephants which was good (but not as gripping as Geek Love is for me). Can you recommend any others?

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12Oaks's avatar

The Circus in Winter.

marinelife's avatar

The Circus of Dr. Lao Charles Finney

xjustxxclaudiax's avatar

MirrorMask (The Book, there’s also a movie about it.)

xjustxxclaudiax's avatar

Also Darren Shan’s Book series “Cirque Du Freak” has some characters that work at a circus and even the main character joins the circus, but its mostly based about Vampires. You should look it up tho, its a really good series.

crisw's avatar


Thank you, thank you! I was trying to remember the name of that book…

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Ladymia69's avatar

Tom Robbins’ “Another Roadside Attraction”.

Jeruba's avatar

theres a creepy one calld twilight eyes by dean koontz. its a carnival tho not circus

Seelix's avatar

Right now I’m reading A Son of the Circus by John Irving. It isn’t so much about circus performers, but there is a side plot involving them. It’s a good book nonetheless.

Also, the HBO series Carnivale is super awesome – it follows a travelling carnival in the 1930s.

Jeruba's avatar

also there’s nights at the circus by angela carter but dont look for any realistic depictions there.

yankeetooter's avatar

Water for Elephants was rather good. It’s also coming out in theaters some time this year…

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