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The Swan Gondola

Schaffert, Timothy (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Swan Gondola
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On the eve of the 1898 Omaha World's Fair, Ferret Skerritt, ventriloquist by trade, con man by birth, isn't quite sure how it will change him or his city. When he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop to their love affair. One of a traveling troupe of actors that has descended on the city, Cecily works in the Midway's Chamber of Horrors, where she loses her head hourly on a guillotine playing Marie Antoinette. But a moonlit ride on the swan gondola, a boat on the lagoon of the New White City, changes everything, and the fair's magic begins to take its effect. "A new novel depicting a tragic love story set amid the fanciful inventions, gothic amusements, spiritualists, flimflam men, and other crooked characters who populated the 1898 Omaha World's Fair"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Schaffert, Timothy
Title: The swan gondola
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2014
Characteristics: 458 pages ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Timothy Schaffert
Summary: On the eve of the 1898 Omaha World's Fair, Ferret Skerritt, ventriloquist by trade, con man by birth, isn't quite sure how it will change him or his city. When he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop to their love affair. One of a traveling troupe of actors that has descended on the city, Cecily works in the Midway's Chamber of Horrors, where she loses her head hourly on a guillotine playing Marie Antoinette. But a moonlit ride on the swan gondola, a boat on the lagoon of the New White City, changes everything, and the fair's magic begins to take its effect.
"A new novel depicting a tragic love story set amid the fanciful inventions, gothic amusements, spiritualists, flimflam men, and other crooked characters who populated the 1898 Omaha World's Fair"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 1594486093
9781594486098
Branch Call Number: FICTION SCHAFFERT 2014
Subject Headings: Omaha (Neb.) Fiction Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition (1898 : Omaha, Neb.) Fiction Circus performers Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Historical fiction
Topical Term: Circus performers
LCCN: 2013030317
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Jun 09, 2014
  • matherita rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LOVED! Such an amazing story...I felt transported back into time to Omaha World's Fair!

Feb 16, 2014
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very atmospheric and a bit magical at times. This is a charming story.

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