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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

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Sounds like an interesting story. I haven't seen a circus in quite a while. My childhood memories are full of it. My parents and I lived on the 5th floor of an apartment building. From my window, I could see a huge fenced-in empty plot of land. Like many plants and flowers, it was deserted during the winter. Come springtime, the area came to life.

First Barney and Bailey would erect their tents. It was fun to go during the day and visit the lions and tigers moving restlessly from one end to the other, then turning, and starting again in the opposite directions.

My parents would take me to the evening performances at least twice during the month-long event.…

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Those are wonderful memories to cherish.

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