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The Swan Gondola

Timothy Schaffert.

By Timothy Schaffert

A lush and thrilling romantic fable about two lovers set against the scandalous burlesques, midnight séances, and aerial ballets of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair.

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. Omaha still has the marks of a filthy Wild West town, even as it attempts to achieve the grandeur and respectability of nearby Chicago. But 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. And after closing, she rushes off, clinging protectively to a mysterious carpetbag, never giving Ferret a second glance. 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.

From the critically acclaimed author of The Coffins of Little Hope, The Swan Gondola is a transporting read, reminiscent of Water for Elephants or The Night Circus.

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2014

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Format: Book
Author: Schaffert, Timothy
Summary: "From the critically acclaimed author of The Coffins of Little Hope, 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.
Title: The swan gondola / Timothy Schaffert.
Publisher Date: New York : Riverhead Books, 2014.
Subject: Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition (1898 : Omaha, Neb.) -- Fiction. Circus performers -- Fiction. Omaha (Neb.) -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781594486098 (hardback) 1594486093 (hardback)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: F Schaffert
Oclc: 869288414
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Bib Id: 494543

Format: Book
Author: Schaffert, Timothy.
Summary: "From the critically acclaimed author of The Coffins of Little Hope, 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.
Title: The swan gondola / Timothy Schaffert.
Publisher, Date: New York : Riverhead Books, 2014.
Description: 458 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition (1898 : Omaha, Neb.) -- Fiction.
Subjects: Circus performers -- Fiction.
Subjects: Omaha (Neb.) -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013030317
ISBN: 9781594486098 (hardback)
ISBN: 1594486093 (hardback)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: F Schaffert