April Discussion - "The Swan Gondola" by Timothy Schaffert

Goodreads describes "Swan Gondola" as:

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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  • Meredith K.

    Does anyone have questions or topics they would like to discuss about Swan Gondola? If so, please bring them on Sunday. There are no questions online and I'm not sure where to start. I appreciate your help. Thank you.

    April 10

  • Stacy C.

    Also sorry I won't be able to attend as we are getting ready to move next week so I have lots of packing to do this weekend. Hope to see you all next month!

    April 9

  • Jeanne K.

    So sorry I will not be able to attend on Sunday - I have not been able to get through the book and I have competing activities that day. I will be interested to hear what the group thought of the book, though.

    April 7

  • Judy S.

    Margaret Atwood is at the Scott Conference Center - a free event at 1 p.m. on this day. She is speaking and signing. I am working the event. I can take one guest volunteer if anyone is a fan. Contact me at [masked]. More info here http://tinyurl.com/k9fud9s

    March 25

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