The Thunder of Giants

The Thunder of Giants

Book - 2015
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"The year is 1937 and Andorra Kelsey - 7'11 and just under 320 pounds - is on her way to Hollywood to become a star. Hoping to escape both poverty and the ghost of her dead husband, she accepts an offer from the wily Rutherford Simone to star in a movie about the life of Anna Swan, the Nova Scotia giantess who toured the world in the 19th century. In parallel narrative, Anna Swan's story unfurls. Where Andorra is seen as a disgrace by an embarrassed family, Anna Swan is quickly celebrated for her unique size. Drawn to New York, Anna becomes a famed attraction at P.T. Barnum's American Museum even as she falls in love with Gavin Clarke, a veteran of the Civil War. Quickly disenchanted with a life of fame, Anna struggles to prove to Gavin - and the world - that she is more than the sum of her measurements. Both meticulously researched and resounding with the force of myth, The Thunder of Giants blends fact and fiction in a sweeping narrative that spans nearly a hundred years. Against the backdrop of epic events, two extraordinary women become reluctant celebrities in the hopes of surviving a world too small to contain them. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250050847
Branch Call Number: F FISHB-J
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 22 cm


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DCPL_Christine Jun 15, 2017

The story DOES jump back and forth a lot. This will be a book you need to stick with and not set down too long. It fanned my interest in the circus something awful! I had to make a trip to the Circus Museum in French Lick, IN :) Sure was glad I did, the dioramas are the best I have seen in my travels. Right up there with Gettysburg's cyclorama (the one they had in 2003). I love it when one book leads you to so much more!

LadyGin Jan 01, 2016

This was a wonderful book. I enjoy historical what ifs? And how writers imbue voices to larger than life people of the past. At times I got a little confused when the story jumped back and forth between Andorra and Anna Swan, but it wasn't a big issue.


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