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Lives of the Circus Animalsby Christopher Bram
Synopses & Reviews
Lives of the Circus Animals is a brilliant new comedy about New York theater people: actors, writers, personal assistants, and a drama critic for the New York Times. They are male, female, straight, gay, in love with their work or in love with each other, and one of them, British star Henry Lewse, "the Hamlet of his generation," is famous.
Award-winning novelist Christopher Bram gives us ten days and nights in this small-town world in the heart of a big city, an engaging novel that is also a satiric celebration of the quest for sanity in the face of those two impostors, success and failure.
"Bram has a sophisticated understanding of celebrity and the intersection of gay and straight worlds. His savvy — and his easy familiarity with the New York theater scene — gives edge and nuance to this witty entertainment." Publishers Weekly
"An imaginative unfolding of the interrelationships of fascinating, often eccentric, always less-than-perfect people being themselves." Booklist
"Bram has crafted a complex story about the lives of theater people, the 'circus animals' of the title....The well-drawn characters run the gamut of the human condition, and the story encompasses all the joys and sorrows of everyday life, revealing that circus animals are much like the rest of us." Library Journal
"Slick, smart, and funny." Kirkus Reviews
"The book is a merry-go-round with stationary mounts: beautifully carved, constantly moving but...not moving enough." New York Times
"[S]exy, witty novel..." Detroit Free Press
About the Author
Christopher Bram is the author of eight novels, including Father of Frankenstein, which became the Academy Award-winning movie Gods and Monsters; Lives of the Circus Animals;and The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes. He also writes book reviews, movie reviews, and screenplays. He was a 2001 Guggenheim Fellow and received the 2003 Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.
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