Virtual Community Book Club: The Circus Train
Join us for Community Book Club! We’ll be meeting on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Click here to sign up for this virtual meeting!
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- Who: Everyone welcome
- How much: Free
- Which book: The Circus Train by Amita Parikh
- Where to get a copy: Borrow at WPL or buy at Armchair Books (mention the book club and receive 15% off)
Synopsis: At the World of Wonders, Europe’s most magnificent travelling circus, every moment is full of magic, and nothing is as it seems – especially for the people who put on the show. Lena Papadopoulos has never quite found her place within the circus, even as the daughter of the extraordinary headlining illusionist, Theo. Brilliant and curious, Lena yearns for the real-world magic of science and medicine, despite her father’s overprotection and the limits her world places on her because she is disabled.
Her unconventional life takes an exciting turn when she rescues Alexandre, an orphan with his own secrets and a mysterious past. Over several years, as their friendship flourishes and Alexandre trains as the illusionist’s apprentice, World War II escalates around them. When Theo and Alexandre are contracted to work and perform in a model town for Jews set up by the Nazis, Lena becomes separated from everything she knows. Forced to make her own way, Lena must confront her doubts and dare to believe in the impossible — herself. When all is lost, how do you find the courage to keep moving forward?
Read ahead: In April, we’ll discuss Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus; in May, we’re reading Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner; and in June, we’ll discuss The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley.