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Roustabout: A Fiction
Roustabout A Fiction
Author: Michelle Chalfoun
Some children dream of joining the circus. Mat dreams of escaping it. Abandoned by her mother when she was five, she was adopted into a traveling circus where the only solace she could find was in her work helping rig the circus tent. Now 15 years old, she has created a family from an odd menagerie of circus hands. There's Al, a hard-drinkin...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060172978
ISBN-10: 0060172975
Publication Date: 4/1996
Pages: 223
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3 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Harpercollins
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Roustabout is a gritty, realistic, disturbing portrait of the circus every child, at some point dreamed of joining. Mat dreams of escaping. Abandoned by her mother, molested by her stepfather, she sees through the glitter and fantasy of the bigtop to the grimy reality of the backlot.
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A haunting novel that captures the dime store glitter and hard-edged despair of circus life.